Thursday, January 5, 2012

Margaret Ogg

♥ ♥ ♥ Today's Awesome Woman is Margaret Ogg (1863-1953) Margaret Ogg is best known for her extensive political, social and feminist activities. She was one of ten children born to a Presbyterian minister. She was a poet, writer and an accomplished musician, playing viola in the family quartet, as well as holding membership with the Musical Association.

She wrote under the pseudonym "Ann Dante" (Andante). Ogg loved wildflowers and as a result of outings to the Daffodil Farm at Sunnybank and many picnics to Mt Gravatt, St. John's Wood and Petrie, she wrote the poem titled "Out in the Bush". She was active in Brisbane literary circles and also sub-edited the Presbyterian Austral Star.

A staunch monarchist and anti-socialist, Ogg actively toured outback townships in Queensland promoting women's suffrage, and encouraging pioneer women to become involved in state and national affairs. As founder, co-founder and member of many Queensland women's organisations, she was consistently at the forefront of political and social campaigns to secure reforms for Queensland's women and children.

At various stages of her life she was the only woman executive-member of the National Political Council, organising secretary of the women's central committee of the Queensland Deaf and Dumb Mission, and co-founder of the Queensland Bush Club. Through persistently lobbying the State government, Ogg was instrumental in having the Criminal Code Amendment Act 1913 passed, as well as the Testators' Family Maintenance Act 1914 through which widows were entitled to a
proportion of the husband's estate.

Margaret Ogg was multitalented, intellectual, community minded and quick witted. Shortly before her death, in a letter dated 28 October 1946, Miss Ogg wrote:
"No woman can do more than her little bit - often falling far short of intention, but it has been my privilege to have as co-workers some of the finest women in Queensland, and the success and development which attended our efforts was, and is due to their loyalty and self-sacrifice, without which no sure foundation can be laid".