• Entry type: Person
  • Entry ID: AWE0847

McCarthy, Gwendolen (Gwen) Helen

(1901 – 1980)
  • Born 1 January, 1901, Norwood South Australia Australia
  • Died 23 September, 1980, South Australia Australia
  • Occupation Lawyer


Gwen McCarthy was born Gwendolen Helen Ure in Norwood in 1901. She was educated at Methodist Ladies College (now Annesley College) and studied law at Adelaide University, where, in 1923, she was awarded the prestigious Stow prize and medal, styled Stow Scholar because she won three prizes in her annual examinations that year. Gwendolen Ure was the first female Stow Scholar.

She joined the Lyceum Club in Adelaide in 1923 and was president 1967-1969. She married James McCarthy in 1927 and they set up a law practice in Kadina. Here she was involved in the Girl Guides. On her husband’s death McCarthy returned to Adelaide and joined the firm of Thompson, Cleland, Holland and McCarthy.

Published resources

Archival resources

  • State Library of South Australia
    • Address by Aileen Bond and Constance McCarthy [sound recording]
    • The career of Gwendolen McCarthy: [sound recording]

Related entries

  • Membership
    • Girl Guides Australia (1926 - )
    • Lyceum Club Adelaide Incorporated (1922 - )
  • Presided
    • Lyceum Club Adelaide Incorporated (1922 - )
  • Related Organisations
    • Methodist Ladies' College (MLC), Adelaide (1902 - 1977)