Margaret Battye

Australian lawyer

Margaret Battye (9 August 1909 – 16 November 1949) was an Australian lawyer. She became influential in politics, business, and the legal advancement of women.[1] Battye was the first woman to represent a client and begin a legal practice in Western Australia.[2]

Margaret Battye
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Born(1909-08-09)9 August 1909
Died16 November 1949(1949-11-16) (aged 40)
Subiaco, Western Australia
Alma materUniversity of Western Australia

Battye died of thyrotoxicosis in 1949.


  1. Judith Ion (27 February 2004). "McClemans, Sheila Mary (1909 - 1988)". Australian Women: Biographical entry. National Foundation for Australian Women. Retrieved 2007-12-15. all four graduates of the class of 1930 were female: Margaret Battye, Mary Kathleen Hartney, Mary Connor Kingston and Sheila.
  2. Daphne Bogue (2003). "Federal Women's Committee History to 2003" (PDF). About. The Liberal Party of Australia. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-12-12. Retrieved 2007-12-15. Past Presidents of SWC have been Miss Margaret Battye, 1946 (also the first Chairman of Federal Women’s Committee in 1945-46)

Other websitesEdit

  • Davidson, Dianne, Women on the warpath : feminists of the first wave, University of Western Australia Press, Nedlands, WA, 1997.