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metadata.territorywomen.dc.title: Louisa Cubillo
Name: Cubillo, Louisa Agatha
Also known as: Lee, Louisa Agatha
Date of Death: 1927-08-29
Place of Birth: Town of Brocks Creek
Place of Death: Darwin
Occupation: Community Service
Biographical notes: Louisa was born near Pine Creek and lived with her parents and sister for ten years before both girls were removed and taken to the Catholic Mission on Bathurst Island in accordance with the Government policy at that time. She was educated by the mission nuns and trained in health and became a midwife in 1920. While raising her family of nine children she acted as midwife to many local families. Louisa and her nine children were evacuated from Darwin in 1942, leaving behind her husband, John. After the war she returned to Darwin a widow and lived at the Bagot compound. The family eventually moved to what was known as Parap 118 Camp. Even though times were difficult Louisa single-handedly raised and catered for her family needs, ensuring that children were educated, she made their uniforms, and also sewed sports Guernseys for local sporting clubs. She was recognised for contribution and was made a life time honorary member of the Pioneer Basketball club. Louisa was known as “Mum Cubillo” through caring for children in need. She was honoured by the place names committee in 1971 by naming a street after her in Wanguri.
Related link: Northern Territory Women's Advisory Council. Northern Territory Women's Register 1948-1988. 2nd ed. ed. Darwin: Northern Territory Women's Advisory Council, 1991.
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