Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, Australia
- 21 June 2008
- Print Journalist, Radio Journalist, Writer, Journalist, Broadcaster and Activist
- Alternative Names
- Williams, Justina (pseudonym)
Joan Williams was a prominent member of the Western Australian branch of the Communist Party of Australia. She was politically active from the 1920s, but began her career in journalism as a young woman already imbued with a strong political consciousness. The networks fostered through her membership in an elite group of Western Australian left-wing radicals were critical to the foundation of numerous Western Australian women's and peace organisations. Under the pen name Justina Williams she wrote short stories, historical works, poems, biography and her autobiography Anger and Love. She was awarded the Order of Australia Medal accepting it on behalf of her "unrecognized sisters who serve the community".