Mary V. Austin
Dame Mary V. Austin (née Hall-Thompson; 29 July 1900 — 10 September 1986) was an Australian community worker and political activist. The daughter of Admiral Percival Hall-Thompson and his wife, Helen (née Deacon), she was educated in New Zealand at Marsden College, Wellington.
- Red Cross Society (Superintendent Regional Commandant, Victorian Division)
- Australian Liberal Party, Vice President, and later National Vice-President (1947–76)
- Victoria League, honorary life membership
She was appointed DBE on 16 June 1979 for community and welfare services.
She married Ronald Albert Austin (1893-1965) on 9 June 1925. The couple had one child, Derrick Albert Austin, who was born in 1926. Little other information exists regarding her personal life in Mortlake, Victoria.
- Draper, W J (ed.), Who's who in Australia, 1983, 14th edn, The Herald and Weekly Times, Melbourne, 1983
- Draper, W J (ed.), Who's who in Australia, 1980, 23rd edn, The Herald and Weekly Times, Melbourne, 1980, vol 928, page 68
- Melbourne, National Foundation for Australian Women and The University of. "Austin, Mary Valentine Hall - Woman - The Australian Women's Register". www.womenaustralia.info. Retrieved 2017-10-20.
- Some sources indicate Valentine, not Valerie, as her middle name
- Australian Government Office for Women Faith, Hope, Charity site