• Entry type: Person
  • Entry ID: IMP0296

Davey, Constance Muriel

(1882 – 1963)
  • Born 4 December, 1882, Nuriootpa South Australia Australia
  • Died 4 December, 1963
  • Occupation Educator, Psychologist


Constance Muriel Davey, psychologist, was appointed as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (Civil) on 1 January 1955 for education. Davey’s special interest was ‘mental efficiency and deficiency’ in children, on which she completed a doctorate at the University of London in 1924. Davey was the first psychologist in the South Australian Education Department, with responsibility for all services for special needs children. Davey also taught at the University of Adelaide and helped establish the social work course at that institution. She was a member of the League of Women Voters, president from 1943-1947, and was elected a Fellow of the British Psychological Society in 1950. Her study, Children and their law-makers, was published in 1956.

Published resources

Archival resources

  • National Library of Australia, Manuscript Collection
    • Papers of Ruby Rich, 1906-1984 [manuscript]
    • Papers of Ruby Rich, 1943-1948 [manuscript]
  • State Library of South Australia
    • Constance M. Davey : SUMMARY RECORD
  • National Library of Australia
    • [Biographical cuttings on Dr Constance Muriel Davey, psychologist, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]

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