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Interview with Harriet Marjorie Caw [sound recording] Interviewer: Yvonne Abbott

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Interview with Harriet Marjorie Caw [sound recording] Interviewer: Yvonne Abbott
Adelaide Lyceum Club Oral History
State Library of South Australia
SRG 438/29/34
Date Range
Caw, Harriet Marjorie (1893 - 1993)

1 hour 20 minutes

Marjorie Caw was born in 1893 into a Unitarian household. Her father was killed in the Boer War and her mother opened a school at Knightsbridge. Marjorie trained as a kindergarten teacher and taught at Halifax Street and Bowden. She travelled to Europe with her mother and Miss George of the Advanced School for Girls. They returned home when World War I broke out. Marjory started a Montessori School at Knightsbridge and studied economics at the University of Adelaide under Professor Heaton. She married Alfred Caw and they moved to Western Australia to farm at Kojonup. Her son William was born one year later and then her daughter Virginia. They returned to Adelaide by ship each year to visit her family. On one of these visits in 1929 she joined the Lyceum Club. During the depression she formed a branch of the CWA in Kojonup and over the years the branch helped many country people. She taught her children via correspondence school and sent her son to St Peter's in Adelaide to board. She and her daughter went to Denmark for a world conference of the CWA. In 1922 they sold the property to her brother and returned to Adelaide where she became involved in the Lyceum Club. The Club helped her celebrate her 90th birthday in 1983.

Sound recording (cassette) analogue
2 cassette tapes
Access to use copies only with written permission from the donor. Contact the President, Lyceum Club. Original WITHDRAWN.
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  • Adelaide Lyceum Club : SUMMARY RECORD, 1922 - 2000, SRG 438; Lyceum Club (Adelaide) Incorporated (1922 - ); State Library of South Australia. Details

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