An active life

Born in 1889, Jessie Street was the eldest of the three children of Mabel Ogilvie and Charles Lillingston. Her childhood was spent in India, England and Australia. After her marriage to Kenneth Street, the couple settled in Sydney where Jessie Street was prominent in the women's citizenship campaigns of the 1920s and 1930s.

Jessie Street under the banner at the 5-Power Peace Pact rally in London, 1951.

Jessie Street (centre) under the banner at the 5-Power Peace Pact rally in London, 1951.

National Library of Australia, NLA 2683/11/4

Jessie Street held several federal government advisory appointments in the 1940s, but this career was terminated in the early years of the Cold War. Her political activism in the 1950s and 1960s was on an international scale. She died in 1970.

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