on 16 October 1863 in Tipperary, Ireland,
daughter of James Edward O'Dwyer, gentleman,
and his wife Marguarette, née Hunt.
'Her mother died in Daisy's infancy and she had an unstable childhood. On the death of her maternal grandmother she was put, aged about 8, in the care of Sir Francis Outram's family in London.'
(Is she familiar to you? Perhaps a little more of her biography might help...)
'On the death of her maternal grandmother she was put, aged about 8, in the care of Sir Francis Outram's family in London.
Suspected of having contracted pulmonary tuberculosis, she migrated to Australia in 1884 and lived briefly at Townsville, Queensland, as a guest of Bishop G. H. Stanton. On 13 March 1884, at Charters Towers, Daisy May O'Dwyer married Edwin Henry Murrant. It is almost certain that this was Harry Harbord Morant. Shortly afterwards, he and Daisy separated. Late that year she was employed as a governess at Berry, New South Wales.'
Maybe just a little more...
' On 17 February 1885 at Nowra she married Jack Bates, a cattleman. When he resumed droving she travelled to Sydney where, on 10 June 1885, she married Ernest Baglehole. Within months she was back with Bates; they had a son Arnold in 1886. She showed only a distant attachment to husband and son, leaving both in Australia when she returned to England in 1894 for what turned out to be a stay of five years. In London she worked on the Review of Reviews, learning the craft of journalism which was to become a crucial source of income when she lived with the Aboriginals.
Daisy Bates returned to Australia in 1899. Interested in an allegation in The Times about atrocities against Aboriginals in north-west Australia, she went to the Trappist mission at Beagle Bay, north of Broome. Here she had her first long contact with Aboriginals while working at this decaying settlement and its market gardens. '
You can read a lot more about the energetic Daisy May Bates
here in her biography, though TROVE also has numerous articles...
I knew of her as grandmother or 'kabbarli' as Australian natives called her. I knew she was always working to improve their standards of living and health care, as I was taught in school, but not a lot more. These articles helped me to learn more.
nla.news-article47243762.3 Daisy Bates 1940
nla.news-article48196528.3 Daisy Bates 1951
Despite other memorials that were dedicated to Daisy O'Dwyer Bates, I somehow think that this one may have pleased her the most...
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16 October 1859
Roscrea, Tipperary, Ireland
|Died||18 April 1951 (aged 91)|
|Resting place||North Road Cemetery, Nailsworth, South Australia|
|Other names||Daisy May O'Dwyer, Daisy May Bates|
|Spouse(s)||Harry Harbord 'Breaker' Morant, bigamous marriages to John (Jack) Bates and Ernest C. Baglehole|
|Children||Arnold Hamilton Bates|
North Road Cemetery, Nailsworth, S.A. 5083
Daisy Bates (centre, in the hat) with a group of Aboriginal women, circa 1911. PD-Australia as a photograph taken before 1 Jan 1955.
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