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Louisa Jane Davy (1851–1929)

Mrs. Louisa Jane Davy, who died at Prospect, was 78 years of age. She had been a colonist for that number of years, arriving as an infant. Before her marriage to Mr. William Charles Davy she was Miss Litchfield. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. P. B. Litchfield, who landed in Australia from England with their family in 1851. Dr. John Litchfield, an uncle, was the first medical man at the Adelaide Hospital, and Captain Charles Litchfield, another uncle, was at one time Commissioner of Police in Adelaide. The Hon. Thomas Reynolds, who married Mrs. Davy's aunt, was on two occasions Premier of South Australia. He, with his wife and her sister, were drowned in the wreck of the Gothenburg. The latter lady was a distinguished musical composer, and her compositions were lost in the disaster. Mrs. Davy possessed great musical ability, inherited from her father. She led an active musical life up to her death. Being gifted with a fine soprano voice, she led a church choir at the age of 10, and was actively associated with church work as organist and choir leader for over 20 years. Of recent years she acted as assistant teacher of pianoforte and theory to her only daughter, Dr. Ruby Davy, up to within six weeks of her death. She possessed a kindly nature and was loved by her friends.

Original publication

Additional Resources

  • marriage notice, South Australian Register, 10 July 1880, p 3s
  • profile, Advertiser (Adelaide), 25 May 1929, p 16

Citation details

'Davy, Louisa Jane (1851–1929)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 25 June 2024.

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Litchfield, Louisa Jane



19 April, 1929 (aged ~ 78)
Prospect, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

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