Mary Jane Mattingley

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Mary Jane Mattingley is associated with Alfred Street, Melbourne, victoria located at these coordinates -37.7907605, 144.9397277

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Related Resource URL: http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/WomensPetition/
User Tags: 1891 women's suffrage petition, albert mattingley, elizabeth mattingley


Biography:
Elizabeth and Mary Jane Mattingley were two of Victoria's most highly qualified and respected teachers in the late nineteenth century.
Elizabeth taught for twenty-two years at Errol Street Primary School. A number of her nine children also became respected teachers and her son Albert became principal of the Errol Street school. 

Mary started teaching as an assistant there when she was 16. She resigned when she married Albert Mattingley and their first child was born in 1864. She entered the Training Institute in 1871 to improve her qualifications and return to teaching. As Albert had a stable position as Principal, and Mary was not prepared to go into the country, her career prospects were reduced. There was general disapproval of married women working in the service and the Victorian Education Department continually overlooked Mary for promotion between 1883 and 1885.

Although Mary had experience in the National Schools and State Schools system, she failed to gain classification or even eligibility for a pension.

In 1879 and 1880 she developed a recurring illness and applied for sick leave, claiming overwork and exhaustion exacerbated her illness. She was 37 with nine children.

Documents record her final battle at the Supreme Court in 1894 against the Education Department on behalf of herself and other married women teachers who had been dismissed without pensions.


(Information courtesy of Lorna Hannon)

(Images: Portrait courtesy of Lorna Hannon, House courtesy of Daniel Wilksch)


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