McMordie Hall, Queen's University

McMordie HallJulia McMordie was a philanthropist and political activist. She was a vice-president of the Ulster Women’s Unionist Council and involved in a number of health charities. Health and education issues were the focus of her philanthropic and political career.

McMordie became the first female Belfast city councillor in 1918 and was elected as an alderman in 1920. At sixty-one years and widowed, she was one of only two women elected to the first parliament of Northern Ireland for South Belfast, where she served one term. Although criticised for her infrequent parliamentary contributions, McMordie’s speeches reflected her experience in Belfast city politics and addressed a range of issues, including female police officers, the education of disabled children and the cleanliness of Belfast’s streets.

McMordie Hall in Queen’s University is named after her in recognition of her endowment of the university’s Students’ Union.