Marion Hosking OAM was born in Sydney Australia . She left school at thirteen. From that moment she worked and studied. She spent the Great Depression and war years cossetted and protected by a kind, loving father and funny, loving, intelligent mother. Her interest in the women's refuge movement stemmed from seeing the wife of a prominent boxer bruised and beaten while neighbours laughingly said, 'They're at it again'! There was no sympathy for the woman.
Interested in the women's movement, politics and the Humanist Society, she became concerned with the plight of women suffering domestic violence.
She attended New England, NSW University gaining a BA in 2001 at age 74. In the same year she was awarded the Centenary Medal, nominated for Premier's Award. In 2006 she was nominated for Australian of Year and in 2008 invested with the Order of Australia Medal(OAM).
Marion, married for 65 years, has three children and two grandchildren. She has been a business woman, organiser of seminars, secretary and now is an artist and writer. She is also 'scribe' for 'Socialist Women for Justice', a women's group concerned with social issues.