Students report to May Holman Building ceremony

Women's Interests Minister Simone McGurk Simone McGurk with Sofia Gibson and Kai Schlegl at the May Holman Building ceremony.
Women's Interests Minister Simone McGurk Simone McGurk with Sofia Gibson and Kai Schlegl at the May Holman Building ceremony.

SACRED Heart College students Sofia Gibson and Kai Schlegl were recently selected to write a school report on May Holman’s life and achievements.

It followed the announcement that 189 Royal Street in East Perth, home to staff from the departments of Communities and Health, will be renamed the May Holman Building in honour of the trailblazing politician.

Ms Holman, who was a student of Sacred Heart College, was the first woman from the Labor Party to be elected to an Australian Parliament and is widely credited with introducing some of the first pieces of worker health and safety legislation anywhere in the world.

She won the State seat of Forrest, centred on Dwellingup, five times and served 14 years in State Parliament.

Her life was tragically cut short after a car crash the day before the 1939 State election.

She stayed alive until the following Monday when she was told that she had been re-elected – two hours before she passed away.

There is also a road and reserve in Bassendean named in her honour.

A former government-owned building that bore her name was renamed Golden Square in 2015 when purchased by a private company.

495874p Women’s Interests Minister Simone McGurk Simone McGurk with Sofia Gibson and Kai Schlegl at May Holman ceremony.