• Entry type: Person
  • Entry ID: AWE4447

McNamara, Matilda Emilie Bertha

(1853 – 1931)
  • Nationality Australian
  • Born 28 September, 1853, Posen Prussia (Poland)
  • Died 1 August, 1931, North Sydney New South Wales Australia
  • Occupation Bookseller, Feminist, Political activist


Bertha McNamara’s experience as a widow trying to rear six children prompted her interest in radical politics. She published pamphlets on socialism and with her second husband, William McNamara, opened a radical bookshop in Castlereagh Street in Sydney in the 1890s. She was a member of the Social Democratic Federation of Australasia and of the Womanhood Suffrage League of New South Wales. In addition she was a founder of the Labor Women’s Central Organising Committee.

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