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Curtis-Otter, Margaret Catherine (1910 - 1992)

OBE

Born
14 September 1910
Strathfield, Victoria, Australia
Died
25 August 1992
Occupation
Servicewoman

Summary

Journalist Margaret Curtis-Otter, whose husband (Donald) was serving with the navy, enlisted in the Women's Royal Australian Naval Service (WRANS) on 18 January 1943 and became second in charge of this service. She was one of the first 16 officers and became an adviser to the Naval Board after the war, as well as Acting Director WRANS, while Sheila McClemans attended the Victory Parade in London in 1946. Margaret Curtis-Otter worked with Naval Control, assisting with the assembling of convoys and arranging for the departure of merchant ships. Later she became one of the founders of the Naval Information Service, when she joined the Naval Office. In 1975 the Naval Historical Society published W.R.A.N.S. : the Women's Royal Australian Naval Service written by Margaret-Curtis Otter. On 2 January 1956 she was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for her services as Commissioner of the Girl Guides Association.

Sources used to compile this entry: Adam-Smith, Patsy, Australian women at war, Nelson, Melbourne, 1984, 386 pp.

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Australian War Memorial Research Centre

  • Curtis-Otter, Margaret (First Officer, Women's Royal Australian Naval Service (WRANS)), c. 1946, MSS0638; Curtis-Otter, Margaret Catherine (1910 - 1992), Curtis-Otter, Margaret; Australian War Memorial Research Centre. Details
  • [Department of Information - Broadcasting Division:] Talks by Margaret Curtis-Otter (Jan 1942) [transcripts], 1942, AWM80; Australian War Memorial Research Centre. Details
  • Margaret Curtis-Otter, Acting First Officer, Women's Royal Australian Naval Service, interviewed by Dr Ruth Thompson for The Keith Murdoch Sound Archive of Australia in the War of 1939-45, 15 June 1989, S00597; Dr Ruth Thompson; Australian War Memorial Research Centre. Details
  • Members of the first WRANS Officer Training Corp., P00493.001; Australian War Memorial Research Centre. Details
  • Portrait of First Officer Margaret Curtis-Otter, P00404.001; Australian War Memorial Research Centre. Details

National Archives of Australia, National Office

  • Department of Information Mrs. Curtis-Otter. Correspondence, 1941 - 1942, SP109/11; National Archives of Australia, National Office. Details

National Library of Australia Oral History Collection

  • [Conversation with Margaret Curtis-Otter] [sound recording] / [interviewer: Hazel de Berg]., ORAL DeB 906-907; National Library of Australia Oral History Collection. Details

Digital resources

Title
First Officer Margaret Curtis-Otter
Type
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Control
P00404.001
Source
Australian War Memorial

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