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From the Warwick Examiner and Times, Queensland, 29th April 1911
Mrs. Helen Barton, a member of the world-famous City Council of Glasgow, will be in Warwick shortly, when she will deliver an address in the Town Hall.
The "Australian Christian World" says of the distinguished visitor :--
She is not a theorist, and her education in matters municipal, social, and economic was not got on the college bench. Of censoriousness, or that insane desire to correct and argue in season and out of season, there is no trace. In its stead we found a healthy and unaffected sympathy, and a tolerant understanding of human nature.
Her power of persuasion, her happy, frank manner, her indomitable energy and perseverance, and her strong practical sense have made every undertaking she has had a share in an unqualified success.
Ready and good natured, she can hold a platform with anyone, and her robust militant temperament and keen knowledge of human nature carry her through situations which would floor most women. Yet her speech is essentially womanly — an enthusiastic, trustful, tender appeal to the highest and best that is in us, and a homely, affectionate, humorous medley of story and sermon and argumentative speech.
Five years ago she stood for the Glasgow Council — the largest and most progressive municipal council in the world — against five male candidates, and got in at the head of the poll. This happy experience has been repeated no fewer than three times within the last ten years, and her fellow members have again and again honored her by appointing her chairwoman of important committees.
Mrs. Barton will be accompanied by her daughter, Miss Nellie Barton, and during the evening will sing a number of popular Scotch songs.