Name: Lenore Coltheart
Remembering Jessie Street – 2nd June 2004
This speech was printed in Sydney Papers Vol.16 No.3 in 2004 (pages 1-12)
Jessie Street was an activist, feminist, and outspoken contributor to the Australian political scene for decades. She was particularly active in 1910-50, when politics was undergoing dramatic change. She fought for equal pay, indigenous rights, an independant foreign policy, social welfare and many other central social justice issues. Her autobiography, Jessie Street: A Revised Autobiography (The Federation Press), has just been re-released in a corrected and updated version, edited Dr Lenore Coltheart, assistant director, the National Archives of Australia.