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Rose Anna Summerfield (1864–1922)

News has come to hand (says the Sydney Worker of 20th July) of the passing away of a once well known figure in Labor circles—Mrs. Rose Cadogan, better known to old Laborites as Mrs. Rose Summerfield. In the early days of the Labor Movement, before the advent of the Labor Party, when a strenuous propaganda was carried on on Sunday evenings at Leigh House, Mrs. Summerfield was a well-known attendant and lecturer. She also did some organising among the women workers, and was a frequent contributor to the Worker. Then came along Jack Cadogan from the bush, married her, and carried her off to New Australia — Paraguay. Even in her last hours she sent her love and best wishes to old friends over here.

She has left five big sons and a husband to mourn their loss. Those who knew her in the old days will sympathise with them, and wish for her that she has found peace and surcease from pain in that country whence no traveller returns.

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'Summerfield, Rose Anna (1864–1922)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 29 May 2024.

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Alternative Names
  • Cadogan, Rose Anna
  • Stone, Rose Anna

18 April, 1864
Middleton Creek, Victoria, Australia


14 April, 1922 (aged 57)
Villa Rica, Paraguay

Cause of Death

cancer (not specified)

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