Farewell Mary Owen – feisty, strong, feminist

Vale Mary Owen AM

Mary Owen AM passed away on 23 March.

NFAW’s Australian Women’s Archives Project began as a community based organisation’s response to a request from Mary Owen for help with conserving the records of her long and varied contribution to public life.

Mary was a foundation member of EMILY’s List. She was also the joint Coordinator of The Working Women’s Centre Melbourne with Sylvie Shaw, 1975-1986, when it was absorbed into the Australian Council of Trade Unions. She was a staff member of AAESDA (Association of Architects, Engineers, Surveyors & Draughtsmen of Australia), 1965 -1975; a member of Women’s Electoral Lobby from 1972; and a member of La Trobe University Council 1983-1990. She was appointed Deputy Chancellor of La Trobe University 1989.

A feisty, strong, feminist, Mary was still fighting to the end, her daughter, Wendy said.

Born in 1921, Mary was a woman who effected change – and made Australia a better, more equal place for all of us coming after her. Thank you Mary, you will be missed.

Vale Mary Owen.