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Catherine Helen Spence
  • Name: Catherine Helen Spence
  • Born: 10/31/1825
  • Died: 04/03/1910 (84 years old)
  • Occupation: Author, teacher, journalist and politician

Catherine Helen Spence (31 October 1825 – 3 April 1910) was a Scottish-born Australian author, teacher, journalist, politician, leading suffragist, and Georgist. Spence was also a minister of religion and social worker, and supporter of electoral proportional representation. In 1897 she became Australia’s first female political candidate after standing (unsuccessfully) for the Federal Convention held in Adelaide. Called the “Greatest Australian Woman” by Miles Franklin and by the age of 80 dubbed the “Grand Old Woman of Australia”, Spence was commemorated on the Australian five-dollar note issued for the Centenary of Federation of Australia.

Birth Place: Melrose, Scotland

Death Place: Norwood, South Australia

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