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Cocks, Fanny Kate Boadicea (1875 - 1954)

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Born
5 May 1875
Moonta, South Australia, Australia
Died
20 August 1954
Occupation
Policewoman and Welfare worker

Summary

Fanny Kate Boadicea Cocks was appointed as a Member of the Order of the British Empire (Civil) on 3 June 1935 for her role as 'Principal of the Women's Police' in South Australia. According to the Australian Dictionary of Biography, Cocks began her career as a schoolmistress and sub-matron before entering the State Children's Council (South Australia) and being appointed as the State's first probation officer for juvenile first offenders. In 1915 Cocks became South Australia's first woman police constable. She was concerned with issues such as adolescent sexuality and alcoholism, prostitution, domestic violence and self-defence. Her care for homeless girls led to her involvement in the Methodist Women's Welfare Department as a volunteer superintendent for fifteen years after her retirement in 1935. She made a bequest to the Methodist home for babies, which was later re-named the Kate Cocks Babies Home.

Sources used to compile this entry: Mune, Marie, 'Cocks, Fanny Kate Boadicea (1875-1954)', in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Australian National University, 2006, http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A080050b.htm.

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  • [Biographical cuttings on Kate Cocks, former founder of the SA Women Police and also founder of the Kate Cocks Babies' Home at Hove]; National Library of Australia Newspaper Microcopy Reading Room. Details

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