Collection UQFL241 - Ted and Eva Bacon Papers

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Ted and Eva Bacon Papers


  • 1936 - 1993 (Creation)

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17 boxes, 3 albums, 1 parcel.

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Biographical history

Born into a Jewish family on 1 October 1909 in Vienna, eldest child of Heinrich Goldner and Camilla, nee Pollak, Eva excelled at languages, music and art. Unable to afford university she studied dressmaking, eventually setting up her own business designing and making clothes. She and her mother gained permission to travel to Britain in January 1939. Fritz (Freddy), one of her brothers, had already migrated to Australia in 1938 and sponsored their passage to Australia. They arrived in Brisbane, Queensland in February 1939.

Eva continued to work as a dressmaker, became treasurer of a fund-raising organisation for Jewish refugees, joined the Communist Part of Australia (CPA) in 1941 (then an illegal organisation) and on 3 May 1944 married Edwin Alexander Bacon, known as Ted. Ted Bacon was a fellow communist and was serving in the Australian Imperial Force. They had one child, a daughter, Barbara. After the war Eva worked at the community level through the CPA's Enoggera branch.

In 1950, at the suggestion of the CPA, Eva Bacon was also a member of the Union of Australian Women (UWA). She was especially active in women's and peace issues. She was secretary of the Brisbane International Women's Day Committee from 1954 to 1974.

She died on 23 July 1994 and her body was received at the University of Queensland's Department of Anatomical Sciences.

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Biographical history

Born on 10 September 1913 to Edwin Charles Bacon and Rose May, nee Cowen.

During the Second World War, Ted was serving in the Australian Imperial Force. On 3 May 1944, Ted married Eva Goldner. Like Eva, Ted Bacon was a member of the Communist Part of Australia (CPA). They had one child, a daugher, Barbara. His army service ended in 1946.

Ted Bacon was on various CPA bodies and worked for Aboriginal rights.

He died in 1995.

Archival history

Collection previously titled as: Papers of Eva and Ted Bacon, [195-]-1992
Collection alternatively titled as: Eva and Ted Bacon Collection.
40 photographs, dated 1936 to 1993, added to Album 3; Folder 9 added to Box 17 -- from an accession to the Constance Healy Papers

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Scope and content

Correspondence, minutes, typescript articles, reports, circular letters, photographs and subject files on issues of interest to the Bacons' including the Communist Party of Australia, International Women's Day, Aboriginal Australians, the peace movement and women's rights. Bulk of collection from 1970s and 1980s.

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Mostly Unrestricted access; some restrictions.

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  • English

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Uploaded finding aid

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Related units of description

Related material can be found in UQFL234 Communist Party of Australia (Queensland Branch) Collection

Publication note

Material from this collection has been cited in:
Jordan, Deborah. 'National recognition for Queensland communist feminist, Eva Bacon (1909-1994)'. Queensland Journal of Labour History, No. 21, Sep 2015: 61-66.
Piccini, J. (2015). '"More than an abstract principle": reimagining rights in the Communist Party of Australia, 1956–1971', Journal of Australian Studies, 39:2, 200-215.
Piccini, J. (2019). Human rights in twentieth-century Australia, Cambridge University Press.

Publication note

The Australian women's register, AWH000074

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222660750 ; 1096565108

Libraries Australia ID

21260445 ; 63004951

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Revised, Linda Justo, 26-Nov-2019; Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.




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