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metadata.territorywomen.dc.title: Gertrude Pott
Name: Pott, Gertrude Emily
Also known as: Cooke, Gertrude Emily
Date of Death: 1951-08-14
Place of Birth: Manchester (England)
Place of Death: Brisbane (Qld.)
Cultural heritage: English
Occupation: Community Service
Biographical notes: Gertrude was the third daughter of Mr and Mrs William Bertram Cooke. On 15 September 1888, at A.E. Jolly's, Palmerston, Gertrude married Alfred Pott, a 26 year old miner from Deal, England. Between 1889 and 1893 the couple had three children and they managed the Club Hotel; then in September 1893 Alfred took a job with Customs. In 1895 Gertrude was one of the 82 Northern Territory women who enrolled to vote after the franchise was granted to South Australian and Territory women in 1894. She had just turned 30; she registered at Palmerston and her occupation was listed as "married woman". After the 1897 cyclone, Gertrude took her children to Adelaide, returning in March 1898 with a fourth child and her only daughter, Florence Gertrude. An active community member, Gertrude was always on hand to help organise fundraising stalls and worked for the Darwin Rifle Club and Cable guard. In June 1914 the couple left the Territory for Queensland to seek medical aid for Alfred, who died in Brisbane on 31 September that year. Gertrude remained in Brisbane where she died on 14 August 1951.
Related link: "Birth Marriages and Death" South Australian Chronicle, 16 August 1851, p.34.
"Family notices" The Register, 8 October 1914, p.3.
Related Materials: James, Barbara. Occupation, citizen : the story of Northern Territory women and the vote (1894-96). Darwin : B. James, c1995. NTC 324.623 JAME
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