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Norman Alphonsus McCauley (1897–1945)

The death occurred on October 10[1], of Mr. Norman McCauley, Chief Publicity Officer of the Commonwealth Department of Information, at the Mater Misericordiae Hospital. He was to have left by plane for London on the following day, but a sudden illness seized him, which needed a major operation, from which he failed to recover. The funeral proceeded to the Northern Suburbs Cemetery after Requiem Mass at Our Lady of Dolours Church, Chatswood, celebrated by the Rev. Father B. Massey. A immense concourse of people were present, representing all sections of the community. The Commonwealth Government was represented by Mr. W. J. Scully, Minister for Commerce; the Minister for Information, Mr. A. A. Calwell, by Mr. E. G. Bonney (Director-General); the Minister for Defence, Mr. J. A. Beasley, by Mr. A. Callaghan; the leader of the Opposition, Mr. R. G. Menzies, by Mr. C. Meeking, the leader of the Country Party, Mr. A. W. Fadden, by Mr. M. Byrne. The State Government was represented by Mr. J. Tully, M.L.A. Mr. J. C. James (secretary) represented the Australian Journalists' Association and there were representatives also from Commonwealth Departments and newspapers, together with many personal friends. A message of sympathy was received from London from Dr. H. V. Evatt and Mrs. Evatt, who had also arranged for a floral tribute to be forwarded. Mr. McCauley was within a few days of reaching his 48th year. He leaves a widow, a daughter, Mrs. Benjamin, and a son, Ron. He was the second son of Mr. and Mrs. P. J. McCauley, of Chatswood, and surviving members of the family are five sisters, Mrs. A. Hall (Papua), Sister Felicitas (Dominican Convent, Strathfield), Mesdames L. E. Cummings, J. Gorey (Barham), R. Morris, and four brothers, Harold, George, Arch and Jack. He was educated by the Christian Brothers at Warwick (Q.) and Strathfield.

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'McCauley, Norman Alphonsus (1897–1945)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 25 June 2024.

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14 October, 1897
Yass, New South Wales, Australia


9 October, 1945 (aged 47)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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