McClung, Nellie Mooney National Historic Person

Chatsworth, Ontario
Portrait of Nellie Mooney McClung © Expired; Source: Library and Archives Canada / PA-030212
Portrait
© Expired; Source: Library and Archives Canada / PA-030212
Portrait of Nellie Mooney McClung © Expired; Source: Library and Archives Canada / PA-030212View of the HSMBC plaque © Parks Canada / Parcs Canada, 1989
Address : West side of Hwy 6, 1 km south of Hwy 40, Chatsworth, Ontario

Recognition Statute: Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
Designation Date: 1954-06-07
Life Date: 1873 to 1951

Other Name(s):
  • McClung, Nellie Mooney  (Designation Name)

Importance: Writer, social reformer, first woman member of Canadian Broadcasting Company Board (1936-42)

Plaque(s)


Existing plaque: Lot 9, concession 1, Sullivan Twp. on west side of Hwy 6 West side of Hwy 6, 1 km south of Hwy 40, Chatsworth, Ontario

Born in Chatsworth, Ontario, Nellie Mooney moved to Manitoba with her family in 1880. As a politician and public lecturer, she campaigned vigorously for social reform and women's rights. A Liberal member for Edmonton in the Alberta legislature (1921-26) and the first female member of the CBC Board of Governors (1936-42), she was one of the small group whose efforts succeeded in opening the Canadian Senate to women. She was the author of several influential books written in the form of the Methodist and temperance literature of her day, including Sowing Seeds in Danny and Clearing in the West. She died in Victoria.