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Doris Isabel Beeby (1894–1948)

This entry is from Obituaries Australia

Miss Doris Beeby, Australian Communist Party member who died on Sunday after a long illness, was cremated at the Northern Suburbs Crematorium on Monday. Miss Beeby joined the British Communist Party in 1939 after her return from Spain, where, as a member of the Spanish Relief Movement, she saw the brutality of Fascism at first hand. On the day she joined the Party she was out selling the Daily Worker on the streets. On returning to Australia, Miss Beeby became keenly interested in women's rights. As an organiser for the Sheetmetal Workers' Union she played an active part in the struggle for equal pay and in other campaigns affecting women. Speaking at the Northern Suburbs Crematorium, ACP President Mr. L. L. Sharkey described Miss Beeby as a true soldier of Communism. "She was a fearless, devoted, self-sacrificing fighter for a better world," said Mr. Sharkey. "Her's was not a mean and spiritless life. It was honorable and courageous and full of care for the welfare of her fellows."

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Citation details

'Beeby, Doris Isabel (1894–1948)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 20 June 2024.

© Copyright Labour Australia, 2012

Life Summary [details]


30 July, 1894
Stanmore, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


17 October, 1948 (aged 54)
Castlecrag, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

cancer (not specified)

Religious Influence

Includes the religion in which subjects were raised, have chosen themselves, attendance at religious schools and/or religious funeral rites; Atheism and Agnosticism have been included.

Key Organisations
Political Activism