Mary V. Austin

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Dame Mary V. Austin (née Hall-Thompson; 29 July 1900 — 10 September 1986)[1] was an Australian community worker and political activist.[2] The daughter of Admiral Percival Hall-Thompson and his wife, Helen (née Deacon), she was educated in New Zealand at Marsden College, Wellington.



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


  1. ^ Melbourne, National Foundation for Australian Women and The University of. "Austin, Mary Valentine Hall - Woman - The Australian Women's Register". Retrieved 2017-10-20.
  2. ^ Some sources indicate Valentine, not Valerie, as her middle name
  3. ^ Australian Government Office for Women Faith, Hope, Charity site

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