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Augusta Zadow

Augusta Zadow

 

Augusta Zadow

Augusta Zadow27 August 1846 - 7 July 1896

Augusta Zadow was an advocate for women's rights in the workplace and became South Australia's 'First Lady Inspector of Factories' in 1895. She was a woman ahead of her time, with many of the working conditions women enjoy today attributable to her advocacy.

She became an advocate for women working in clothing factories and was a major contributor to the establishment of the Working Women's Trades Union in 1890 and was a delegate to the United Trades and Labour Council of South Australia.

An outspoken supporter of women's suffrage, following the franchise of women in South Australia in 1894 she was appointed as a factory inspector to monitor working conditions for women and children.

Augusta is buried in the West Terrace Cemetery. Her gravestone was built with 1,000 threepenny subscriptions from factory workers.

In recognition of her work, SafeWork SA's Augusta Zadow Awards can help you meet the costs of a work health and safety initiative that benefits working women, research or further education.

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Her legacy lives on

Georgina ZadowEvery submission to the Augusta Zadow Awards shows Georgina Zadow that the legacy of her great-grandmother lives on.

Georgina, herself a workplace health and safety representative, learnt about her "small but mighty" great-grandmother when she was a teenager and remains proud of the contribution Augusta made to South Australia.

"I am honoured to be connected to her. I think it's great that she is still being recognised and appreciated for the work she did such a long time ago," Georgina said.

"I would encourage people to enter the awards. She was a pioneer and people could help continue that legacy."

Augusta's efforts helped set standards for women's wages, working hours and workplace safety.

"If it weren't for her we wouldn't have had formalised, documented working conditions so soon," Georgina said.

"The work she did would have helped to keep women and children alive back then. She stood up for the workers and they obviously thought a lot of her, because many of them contributed to a collection to pay for her headstone."