May Holman

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May Holman
May Holman MLA (crop).jpg
Holman in the 1920s
Member of the Western Australian Parliament
for Forrest
In office
3 April 1925 – 20 March 1939
Preceded by John Holman
Succeeded by Edward Holman
Personal details
Born Mary Alice Holman
(1893-07-18)18 July 1893
Broken Hill, New South Wales
Died March 20, 1939(1939-03-20) (aged 45)
Bunbury, Western Australia
Resting place Karrakatta Cemetery
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Spouse(s) Joseph Gardiner (1914-1920)
Religion Roman Catholic
Holman, undated

Mary Alice "May" Holman (18 July 1893 – 20 March 1939) was an Australian politician, the first woman in the Australian Labor Party, and the second woman, after Edith Cowan, to become a parliamentarian.

Holman was born in the New South Wales mining town of Broken Hill. She was the daughter of John Holman, a politician. When she was aged two, her father and mother, Katherine Mary (née Row), moved the family to Western Australia.

Holman was married in 1914 to politician Joseph Gardiner; the marriage was unconsummated and was annulled in 1920.

On the death of her father, who had held the seat of Forrest in the Western Australian Legislative Assembly since December 1923, May Holman was nominated the Labor candidate and was elected unopposed on 3 April 1925, and held it until her death on the day of her fourth re-election.[1]

In 1930, the women's executive of her party, and the Women's Service Guilds, nominated Holman as a delegate to the League of Nations Assembly.[2]

Holman died as a result of a car crash[3][4] and was buried at Karrakatta Cemetery.

After Holman's death, her brother Edward Holman was elected to her old Parliamentary seat, Forrest.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Watson, Judyth; Australian Labor Party. Western Australian Branch; Watson, Judyth (1994), We hold up half the sky : the voices of Western Australian ALP women in Parliament, Australian Labor party (W.A. Branch), ISBN 978-1-875317-23-3  - May Holman - biography and reproduction of a key parliamentary speech pp 13 -28
  2. ^ Holman, May; Watson, Judyth (1995), Remarks of an inexperienced traveller abroad, J. Watson, retrieved 2 April 2012  - 19 articles published in a newspaper of the Melbourne Herald Group and 5 letters written while substitute delegate to the Assembly of the League of Nations in 1930.
  3. ^ "MISS MAY HOLMAN, M.L.A. DEAD.". Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW : 1888 - 1954) (Broken Hill, NSW: National Library of Australia). 21 March 1939. p. 1 Edition: HOME EDITION. Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "The Late Miss May Holman.". Sunday Times (Perth, WA : 1902 - 1954) (Perth, WA: National Library of Australia). 26 March 1939. p. 13 Section: SPORTING SECTION. Retrieved 2 April 2012. 

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