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Catherine Flood Davies (1875–1957)

by Chris Cunneen

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Catherine Flood Davies, née Duggan (1875-1957) Labor party activist, community worker

Birth: 1875 at Dawson River, Queensland, daughter of John Duggan [or Duggar], butcher, and Ann, née Thornton. Marriage: 5 July 1897 at St Stephen’s Anglican Church, Bourke, New South Wales, to Leyshon [‘Joe’] Davies (1893-1947), a miner born in Rhymney, Monmouthshire, Wales. They had two daughters and one son. Death: 14 April 1957 in a nursing home at Strathfield, Sydney. Religion: Catholic. 

  • Worked as a domestic servant in Bourke, NSW, before her marriage.
  • Two children were born at Nyngan, the elder dying while an infant. A third child was born in 1900 at Bourke.
  • In 1913 her husband was a miner and Catherine a storekeeper in Orange, NSW.
  • Appointed a justice of the peace in February 1928, when she was living in Stanmore.
  • In September 1928 she was treasurer of the Enmore-Stanmore group of the Women’s Organising Committee, formed to campaign for Labor in the electorate of Lang.
  • Mrs Davies was a stalwart worker for the poor. During the timber-workers’ lockout she was secretary of the Enmore ladies’ relief committee in July 1929 and hosted a house party to raise funds at her home at 16 Liberty Street, at which some 150 sympathisers and supporters attended.
  • Moved to Summer Hill in 1930 and became secretary of that branch of the Australian Labor Party. Was active in election campaigns for the next decade.
  • In October 1931 she also became honorary secretary of the city hostel for homeless, unemployed women and girls in Sussex Street.
  • Cause of death acute cardiac failure, arteriosclerosis and broncho pneumonia.

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Chris Cunneen, 'Davies, Catherine Flood (1875–1957)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 20 July 2024.

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Duggan, Catherine Flood

Theodore, Queensland, Australia


14 April, 1957 (aged ~ 82)
Strathfield, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

Religious Influence

Includes the religion in which subjects were raised, have chosen themselves, attendance at religious schools and/or religious funeral rites; Atheism and Agnosticism have been included.

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