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Biographical entry Williams, Kath (1895 - 1975)

Lara, Victoria
Trade Union - Organiser


Born on the 23rd April 1895 at Lara, a small town south-west of Melbourne, Catherine Williams (nee Chambers) was the daughter of the foundation secretary of the Victorian Clerks' Union. A member of the Communist Party of Australia since 1936, Williams became directly involved in trade union affairs a decade later in 1948 when the acting Secretary of the Liquor Trades Union, Jim Coull offered her a position as an union organiser. A tireless supporter of the equal pay movement, Williams is recognised as being a driving force behind what became the Women's Liberation Movement. Kath Williams died on 17th April 1975.

Published resources


  • D'Alprano, Zelda, Kath Williams: The Unions and the Fight for Equal Pay, Spinifex Press, North Melbourne, Victoria, 2001, 295 pp. Details

Ross G. Elford