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Elizabeth Zenobia Fritsch (1866–1948)

by Chris Cunneen

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Elizabeth Zenobia Fritsch, née Thomas (1866-1948) Labor supporter

Birth: 1866 at Kanmantoo, South Australia, daughter of Joseph Thomas, miner, and Grace Carey, née Mundy. Marriage: c. 1896 at Port Augusta, SA to native-born Charles Fritsch (1859-1934), labourer. They had five daughters and two sons. Death: 14 July 1948 in hospital at Broken Hill, New South Wales. Religion: Salvation Army. 

  • Early resident of Broken Hill, arriving with her parents and her husband in 1886.
  • Took a strong interest in Labor affairs, observing the early strikes, victimisation and political struggles and recalling the big strike of 1892, the crushing of unionism and the gaoling of its leaders.
  • Active in the Labor struggles of 1916.
  • In the strike of 1919-20 she was associated with the women’s efforts to relieve the strikers’ families. In her later years did crochet and knitting work and was a close reader of the Barrier Daily Truth.
  • Pensioners’ Association member.
  • Cause of death: coronary occlusion and cardiac disease.

Citation details

Chris Cunneen, 'Fritsch, Elizabeth Zenobia (1866–1948)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 22 May 2024.

© Copyright People Australia, 2012

Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Thomas, Elizabeth Zenobia

Kanmantoo, South Australia, Australia


14 July, 1948 (aged ~ 82)
Broken Hill, 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.

Key Events
Political Activism