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Catherine Behan (1869–1953)

With sorrow a host of friends in South Melbourne received news of the death of Mrs. Catherine Behan, a former Mayoress of the city, which occurred at her daughter's residence in Yarragon on Wednesday, aged 83.

Like her husband, the late Cr. J. J. Behan, who was Mayor in 1926-27 and who predeceased her in September, 1947, Mrs. Behan was an admirable civic leader. She was indefatigable in her charitable activities, and was a foundation member and first president of the Women's Hospital Auxiliary.

The estimable qualities of Mr. and Mrs. Behan endeared them to all. South Melbourneites. They spent the greater part of their lives in Bank street, and even when they settled in retirement in another suburb, retained close interest with local movements.

Mrs. Behan is survived by two daughters, Camel (Mrs. O'Sullivan) and Olive (Mrs. Tom O'Toole).

Following the death of her husband, Mrs. Behan lived with her daughter at Yarragon, and enjoyed reasonably good health until a week ago.

Requiem Mass was celebrated at St Jarleth's Church, Yarragon, on Friday morning, at the conclusion of which the funeral left for Melbourne General Cemetery, where the remains were interred.

Many old South Melbourne friends were present to pay their last respects.

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Madden, Catherine

27 September, 1869
Kilmore, Victoria, Australia


8 April, 1953 (aged 83)
Yarragon, Victoria, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

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