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metadata.territorywomen.dc.title: Susannah O'Flaherty
Name: O'Flaherty, Susannah
Also known as: Jellie, Susannah
Date of Death: 1931-07-04
Place of Birth: Warrnambool (Vic.)
Date of Birth: 1867-08-19
Place of Death: Perth (W.A.)
Occupation: Nurse
Biographical notes: Born in Warnambool, Victoria, Susannah (Susie) was the youngest daughter of John and Mary Jellie. On 19 November 1887 Susanah married the widower Leonard Smith O'Flaherty at St. Mary's in North Melbourne. In November 1889, Dr Leonard O'Flaherty was appointed Protector of Aborigines for the Northern Territory of South Australia, the Registrar of Births, Marriages, and Deaths for the District of Palmerston, and the Health Officer of Port Darwin. He took over the medical practice of Dr P. M. Wood on his resignation as Medical Officer at Palmerston. Leonard held these positions until he resigned in 1897. In 1895, at the age of 28, Susannah became one of the 82 Territory women who enrolled to vote after the franchise was granted to South Australian and Territory women in 1894. Susannah registered in Palmerston and listed her profession as "married woman." In 1897 the couple was removed from the NT Electoral Roll as they had left the district. Leonard died in Kookynie on 23 October 1906, leaving behind his wife, Susannah, and their daughter, Eileen Gertrude, who had been born in Palmerston on 14 January 1890. At the time of her death, in East Perth, Susannah had lived in Western Australia for 25 years, mainly in Bulong where her husband practiced medicine. Susannah was known as "Tim" by the local residents, and was well liked for her charitable work, the mentoring of the younger generation, and her nursing skills. As a trained and qualified nurse Susannah attended anywhere her nursing skills were required and often attended urgent cases when her husband was away. Susannah was survived by her daughter, son-in-law and grandson, Robert Bruce Clements.
Related link: 'Peeps at People', Sunday Times, 12 July, 1931, p. 7
'Family Notices', The West Australian, 23 October, 1907, p. 1.
'Family Notices', South Australian Register, 23 November, 1887, p. 4.
'Personal', The Daily News, 6 July, 1931, p. 4.
Related Materials: James, Barbara. Occupation : Citizen. The Story of the Northern Territory Women and the Vote (1894 - 1896), Darwin : Barbara James, 1995.
Australia Birth Index, 1788-1922 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010.
Carment, D. 2008. Northern Territory Dictionary of Biography, revised ed., Charles Darwin University Press, Darwin, N.T.
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