- 5 November 1877
Hobart Town, Tasmania, Australia
- 28 May 1955
Godalming, Surrey, England
- Opera singer, Feminist and Pacifist
Cecilia John, who sang 'I Didn't Raise My Son to Be a Soldier' until banned by the government under the War Precautions Act of 1915, founded the Women's Peace Army with Vida Goldstein. Interested in social questions, John was a member of the Collins Street Independent Church, the Women's Political Association and wrote for the Woman Voter. She established the Children's Peace Army and ran a women's co-operative farm, the Women's Rural Industries Co. Ltd, at Mordialloc, providing employment to women in financial need.