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Maurice McCrae Blackburn

19 November 1880 (Inglewood, Victoria)
31 March 1944
Maurice, bank manager, and Thomasina Cole McCrae

Marital Status: 10 Dec 1914 Doris Amelia Hordern; 2s. 1d.

Wife Doris was a prominent social reformer and politician; served in the Commonwealth House of Representatives 1946-1949, the second woman after Enid Lyons to do so; prominent socialist and member of the Labor party.

Toorak Grammar School, Melbourne Grammar School, Melbourne University, BA 1906, LLB 1909

Barrister and solicitor

Office boy in legal firm 1896-1902, paid for university course by working as teacher and librarian; called to bar 1910; founded Maurice Blackburn & Company 1922, dealing mainly in trade union law, in partnership with William Slater (q.v.) 1923-1924; involved in anti-sweating movement; Victorian Socialist Party member, edited the Socialist 1911-1913; editor Labor Call 1918-1920; active Movement Against War and Fascism 1935-1937; president Australian Council for Civil Liberties 1940.

Australian Labor Party
HouseElectorateStart End
Legislative AssemblyEssendon1 July 19141 October 1917By-election, Defeated
Legislative AssemblyFitzroy1 February 19251 March 1927By-election
Legislative AssemblyClifton Hill1 April 19271 August 1934Resigned

*The Start date for Members elected after 1900 is the date they were elected. The start date for pre-1900 Members is the date they were sworn in.
Inaugural Speech

References: Australian Dictionary of Biography 7; Rasmussen, C., 'Labor Politics in Coburg 1919-1940', MA thesis, Melbourne University, 1978; Rawson, D. W., 'The Organisation of the Australian Labor Party, 1916-41', PhD thesis, Melbourne University, 1954.

Data Source: Browne, G, 'Biographical Register of the Victorian Parliament 1900-84', 1985

Last updated: 2nd April 2019