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Holman in the 1920s
|Member of the Western Australian Parliament
3 April 1925 – 20 March 1939
|Preceded by||John Holman|
|Succeeded by||Edward Holman|
|Born||Mary Alice Holman
18 July 1893
Broken Hill, New South Wales
|Died||March 20, 1939
Bunbury, Western Australia
|Resting place||Karrakatta Cemetery|
|Political party||Australian Labor Party|
|Spouse(s)||Joseph Gardiner (1914-1920)|
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.
After Holman's death, her brother Edward Holman was elected to her old Parliamentary seat, Forrest.
- 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
- 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.
- "MISS MAY HOLMAN, M.L.A. DEAD.". The Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW: National Library of Australia). 21 March 1939. p. 1 Edition: HOME EDITION. Retrieved 2 April 2012.
- "The Late Miss May Holman.". The Sunday Times (Perth: National Library of Australia). 26 March 1939. p. 13 Section: SPORTING SECTION. Retrieved 2 April 2012.
- Brown, Margaret (2006). "Holman, Mary Alice (May) (1893–1939)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 2008-03-13.
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