Therese Collie interviews Connie Healy. Constance (Connie) Healy grew up in Brisbane. She worked for the Waterside Workers' Federation, and, from the 1930s, became heavily involved with the Unity/New Theatre and the Communist Party of Australia. After the second World War, which claimed the life of her first husband, she married prominent Queensland union leader, Mick Healy. Her interest in theatre and her involvement in political activity continued throughout the postwar decades. She was particularly active in the struggle for justice for Aboriginal people. (Information from Connie Healy Collection, UQFL191, Fryer Library, The University of Queensland Library).
Connie talks of her early life and working life; the Unity/New Theatre; Waterside Workers' Union, she was Ted Englardt's secretary; joining the Communist Party of Australia; Clerks' Union and Bank Officers' Association; her husband Mick Healy; Secretary of the Eureka Youth League; Daisy Marcositi; prominent political figures like Max Julius, Brian Fitzpatrick, Paul Robeson, and Sir Hewlitt Johnson; and her views of the current issues for women.