Biographical entry Piddington, Marion Louisa (1869 - 1950)
- 23 December 1869
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
- 2 February 1950
Castlecrag, New South Wales, Australia
- Alternative Names
- O'Reilly, Marion Louisa (maiden name)
Marion Louisa Piddington was significant in eugenic debate in Australia on a wide range of sexual and reproductive concerns, and in the growth of sex education and contraceptive information.
Marion Louisa Piddington became interested in eugenics during a visit to Britain with her husband in 1912. Wrote "Via Nuova; or science and maternity" (1916) and "The Unmarried mother and Her Child" (1923). Influenced by the works of Marie Stopes and successfully campaigned with her husband for removal of a customs ban on Stopes' "Wise Parenthood" (1923). Taught sex education from 1923 (through the Racial Hygiene Association of New South Wales, which she was involved in setting up, 1926-28 and through a rival association, the Institute of Family Relations, from 1931.) Wrote for "Smith's Weekly", "Herself", "Health and Physical Culture" late 1920s and early 1930s.
Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions
- McCarthy, Gavan; Morgan, Helen; Smith, Ailie; van den Bosch, Alan, Where are the Women in Australian Science?, Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, 2003, http://www.austehc.unimelb.edu.au/wisa/wisa.html. Details
- Curthoys, Ann, 'Piddington, Marion Louisa (1869-1950), Eugenist and Sex Educator', in Geoffrey Serle (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 11, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1988, pp. 226-227. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A110231b.htm. Details
Created: 30 June 1997, Last modified: 4 February 2010