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Ann Ross (Annie) Cashman (1890–1976)

by Sue Tracey

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Ann Ross Cashman, née Watson, also known as ‘Nannie Annie’ (1890-1976) housewife, Labor activist and mayor 

Birth: 14 May 1890 at Rozelle, Sydney, New South Wales, daughter of Scottish-born parents James Watson (1860-1930), from Glasgow, and Catherine Forbes, née Hunter (1862-1950) from Ferryhill, Aberdeen. Marriage: 22 July 1911 at Newtown Baptist Church, Sydney, to Daniel Joseph ‘Mick’ Cashman (1894-1959), a labourer born in Vancouver, Canada. They had two sons and one daughter. Death: 29 September 1976 in a nursing home at Leichhardt. Religion: buried in Catholic cemetery, Field of Mars, Sydney. 

  • Two children were born before Annie’s husband joined the Australian Imperial Force in September 1916. He served in France as a driver with the 1st Field Artillery Brigade in World War I and was discharged in December 1920.
  • Annie joined the Australian Labor Party in 1920. Secretary of the Rozelle East Branch for 18 years (1946-1964).
  • Elected alderman, Rozelle, ward, municipality of Leichhardt, in Sydney, in December 1956. First woman to be mayor of Leichhardt, elected in December 1962.
  • Resided in Gladesville in 1976. Cause of death myocardial infarction and arteriosclerosis.

Information from S. Tracey 1997; ALP Women's Diamond Jubilee p 33.

Citation details

Sue Tracey, 'Cashman, Ann Ross (Annie) (1890–1976)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 22 May 2024.

© Copyright People Australia, 2012

Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Watson, Ann Ross

14 May, 1890
Rozelle, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


29 September, 1976 (aged 86)
Leichhardt, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

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