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Title: Rosetta Phillipa Augusta Finniss
Date of Death: 1932-12-01
Date of Birth: 1860-11-08
Place of Birth: Launceston (Tas.)
Place of Death: Darwin
Place of Burial: Darwin
Occupation: Community Leader
Biographical notes: Rosetta was the daughter of Edward Lovell Dwyer, R.N. and Elizabeth Blay. She arrived in the Territory in June 1884, sailing on the Taiwan. It is not known what brought Rosetta to the Territory, but six months later she was married to Fairfax Finniss, a 25 year old customs clerk. Together they had four children. Rosetta began making a name for herself as a competent public speaker very soon after her first child was born. She was a frequent performer at the Literary and Debating Society and took leading rolls in the Society, and also the Church of England. She later became a founding member of the Victoria League. At 35, Rosetta enrolled to vote and was one of 16 out of the 82 women who signed the 1895 electoral roll who chose to stay and make the Territory their home.
Related link: "Victoria League", Northern Territory Times and Gazette, Friday 2 March 1928, p.1
"Port Darwin Literary and Debating Society", Northern Territory Times and Gazette, Friday 12 April 1895, p.3
"Family notices", Thursday 15 December 1932. p. 8
"Shipping arrivals", Northern Territory Times and Gazette, Saturday 14 June 1884, p.3
Related Materials: James, Barbara. Occupation, citizen : the story of Northern Territory women and the vote (1894-1896). Darwin, N.T. : B. James, c1995. NTC 324.623 JAME
Subject: Women
Northern Territory
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