Wright, Mary

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Wright, Mary

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  • Mary Lamm

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1903 - 1993


Mary Wright was born in 1903 in Sydney, New South Wales. In 1919 she worked in a chocolate factory while living with her sister in Glebe and at age 17 she married John Lamm and started a family. She later married trade unionist Tom Wright. In 1926 she became involved with the Militant Women’s Group, based at the Trades Hall. The group was led by Hettie Weitzel and included Annie Isaacs, Clarice Irwin, Edna Nelson, Jean Thompson and Joy Barrington. As part of the group Mary Wright gave support to the Timber Workers in Sydney during the lockout in 1929 and in that year she joined the Communist Party of Australia. In 1930 the Militant Women’s Group dissolved. She was a founder of the International Women’s Day celebrations in Sydney and in 1936 became President of the first Sydney IWD Committee. She was involved in the formation of the Council of Action for Equal Pay in 1937 and became a State Council member of the United Associations of Women, taking part in drawing up the Women’s Charter of equal rights. She was a member of the New Housewives’ Association and a member of its successor, the Union of Australian Women when it was formed in 1950. In 1953 Mary and Tom Wright moved to Bankstown, where Mary became President of the Bankstown Branch of the UAW. Mary resigned from the CPA with Tom Wright in 1971 and joined the new Socialist Party of Australia.


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feminist; political activist; trade unionist

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Wright, Thomas (1902 - 1981)

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Entered from deposit description on 23 April 2012




National Library of Australia, http://trove.nla.gov.au/people/508679?c=people (accessed on 23 April 2012)
The Australian Women’s Register, http://www.womenaustralia.info/biogs/AWE3981b.htm (accessed on 23 April 2012)
Audrey Johnson. Bread & Roses (Sydney: Left Book Club, 1990)
UAW Ink, June 1993

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