Marion Phillips

(1881—1932) first Labour Party woman organizer

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(1881–1932), born and educated in Melbourne, worked in England as a researcher for Fabian socialists during the early 1900s while completing a thesis at the London School of Economics; this was published as A Colonial Autocracy: New South Wales Under Governor Macquarie (1909). She became active in British labour and women's movements, and negotiated the incorporation of the Women's Labour Leagues into the British Labour Party. In 1929 she became the first Australian woman to win a seat in the House of Commons, but lost it at the following election.

From The Oxford Companion to Australian History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Australasian and Pacific History.

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