Woman Marfell, Helena Catherine

Community Worker

Written by Caitlin Stone, The University of Melbourne

Helena Marfell (née Glen) was born in Camperdown, Victoria in 1898. An advocate of 'women tak[ing] their place on committees and in places where a woman's viewpoint would be an advantage' (Western Mail, 20 September 1945), she was the inaugural national president of the Country Women's Association of Australia in 1945, a member of the advisory committee of the ABC, president of the Women's Section of the Country Party (for which she stood unsuccessfully for election to the Federal Parliament in 1949), a justice of the peace and a member of numerous other women's and community organisations. She died in Geelong, Victoria in 1981.

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