Jean Beadle

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Jane (Jean) Beadle (née Wilson) (1 January 1868 – 22 May 1942) was an Australian feminist, social worker and Labor party member.

She was born in Clunes, Victoria, daughter of George Darlington Miller, miner and his wife Jane, née Spencer. She left school early to assist her widowed father. She worked in Melbourne's oppressive clothing factories until her marriage to Henry Beadle, a militant ironmoulder on 19 May 1888.[1] She was involved in industrial action, working with striking miners and their families and organised a union of female factory workers. She joined the Women's Suffrage Alliance and, from 1898, was prominent in the Women's Political and Social Crusade.

In 1901 the Beadles moved to Western Australia; Jean founded the Labor women's organization in Fremantle in 1905, and when they moved to the goldfields in 1906 she formed the Eastern Goldfields Women's Labor League. After returning to Perth in 1911 she played an active role in the ALP and was a delegate at the first Labor Women's Conference at Perth in October 1912, and was appointed chair, a position she held for 30 years. Through her involvement with the party she was a candidate for Senate pre-selection in 1931.

Beadle was associated with the Perth Children's Court since 1915 and was appointed special magistrate in 1919, and from 1920 was one of the first women to be a sworn magistrate in Perth.

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  1. ^ "Beadle, Jane (Jean) (1868-1942)". Retrieved 2015-05-06.