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McCarthy, Gwendolen (Gwen) (1901 - 1986)

Norwood, South Australia, Australia
Alternative Names
  • McCarthy, Gwendoline (common misspelling)
  • Ure, Gwendolen (birth name)


Gwen McCarthy was born in Norwood in 1901. She was educated at Methodist Ladies College (now Annesley College) and studied law at Adelaide University, where she graduated in 1923. Gwen was the first female Stow Scholar at Adelaide University. There was not another female Stow Scholar until 1967.

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

Sources used to compile this entry: Information provided by email by Gwen McCarthy's grand-daughter on 24 August, 2017.

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Archival resources

State Library of South Australia

  • Address by Aileen Bond and Constance McCarthy [sound recording], c. 1987, SRG 438/29/36; Adelaide Lyceum Club Oral History; Bond, Aileen (1898 - ); State Library of South Australia. Details

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