Biographical entry Heagney, Muriel Agnes (1885 - 1974)
- Trade Union - Organiser
Muriel Heagney was a trade union organiser and writer who was particularly interested in improving the conditions of women workers.
Born in Brisbane and educated at a Richmond convent in Melbourne, Heagney was trained as a teacher, but abandoned this vocation in 1915 when she went to work as a clerk for the Department of Defence.
She was involved for several decades in the fight for equal pay for women, having served on the committee of the Workers' Educational Association, the Victorian central executive of the Labor Party (1926-1927) and as an investigator for the Federated Unions of Australia in their submission to the Commonwealth Royal commission on the basic wage.
In the 1940s, she worked as an organiser for the Amalgamated Engineering Union in Queensland, and upon her return to Melbourne in the 1950s, embarked upon a history of the trade union movement which was never completed. She died in St Kilda in 1974.
State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection
- Muriel Agnes Heagney - Papers, 1936-1968, 1936 - 1968, MS 9106; State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection. Details
The University of Melbourne Archives
- Melbourne Trades Hall Equal Pay Committee - Records, 1940 - 1967, 1978.0110; The University of Melbourne Archives. Details
- Trade Union Equal Pay Committee - Records, 1940 - 1967, 1984.0145; The University of Melbourne Archives. Details
University of Wollongong Archives
- Bremner, Jennie, 'Muriel Heagney', in Radi, Heather (ed.), 200 Australian Women: a Redress Anthology, Women's Redress Press Inc, New South Wales, 1988, pp. 148-149. Details
- Lake, Marilyn, 'Independence of Women and the Brotherhood of Man: Debates in the Labour Movement over Equal Pay and Motherhood Endowment in the 1920s.', Labour History, vol. 63, 1992, pp. 1-25. Details
- Muriel A. Heagney
- Photograph from Andrew Scott, reDISCOVERING Labor. Sources of Victorian ALP History, Australian Labor Party (Victorian Branch), 1991, p.5.
Bruce A. Smith
Created: 6 May 2001, Last modified: 14 December 2001