Molly Hadfield

Ms GRALEY (Narre Warren South) — I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the extraordinary life of Molly Hadfield, OAM, who passed away on Saturday, November 10, 2012. Mary Catherine ‘Molly’ Doyle was born in Corowa, New South Wales, in 1922 and grew up surrounded by inspirational women. Her grandmother, mother and aunts were all champions for women’s rights.

Naturally Molly too became an activist for women’s rights and social justice. She would go on to spend more than 70 years campaigning on issues such as public housing, equal pay for women, public health, better public transport and aged care.

Whilst raising a family and working full-time Molly also played an instrumental role in building the Chelsea community. She was an active member of the local progress association and after almost immediately securing a new bus service turned her attention to kindergartens, community centres, footpaths and roads.

Molly was a tireless campaigner, and in 1987 established the 50 and Over Get Up and Go group to help women isolated in their homes. She was also a founding member of the Housing for the Aged Action Group and a committee member for the Older Persons Action Centre.

In 2006 Molly was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women and received an Order of Australia for her support for aged care, community health and youth.

Molly never gave up and never stopped trying to help others. She was an inspiration to all, including many female members of Parliament. She will be dearly missed.

I will finish with a quote from Molly on her 90th birthday earlier this year:

I always think that putting yourself out for others has been more than repaid, and also I have been protesting for over 50 years now but I am not going to stop while I have breath in my body and a working head to think about it all.