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Kate Caldwell

Kate Caldwell (1889-1955) was a founding member of the Western Australian Historical Society. She held office as Honorary Research Secretary from 1932–1947 and as Honorary Treasurer from 1948–1949. Caldwell delivered a paper to W.A. Historical Society on 29 May 1931 on the derivation of the names of streets in Fremantle. Caldwell Street Beaconsfield was renamed in her honour. It was originally named Blamey Street. Fremantle Library.

Miss Caldwell's paper, 'Fremantle street names', was republished in a drastically shortened version in Ewers. Her data formed the basis of a document about street names generated by the History staff of the Fremantle Library, which is still available online. I combined both of them with some of my own (continuing) work to produce my street names index.

She also compiled part of the register of deceased persons transcribed from church records (misleadingly called 'cemetery records').

Diane Oldman:
Kate Caldwell’s contribution to these volumes is in the ‘E- F’ Volume 4 of nine volumes of transcriptions by many different people for cemeteries all over WA. The SLWA Call No. is PR 2640. (Image and text courtesy of Diane Oldman).

burial records

I took this photograph in the former Fremantle History Centre. If I remember correctly it shows a page of Kate Caldwell's transcription from church records, and the first page of Graham Bown's on the right.

References and Links

Caldwell, Kate 1931, 'Fremantle street names', Early Days, vol. 1, part 9: 45-57; adapted in John K. Ewers, 1971 [1948], The Western Gateway: A History of Fremantle, 2nd ed., appendix 9: 'Fremantle street names': 219-230.

Caldwell, Kate 1934, 'The voyage of Francois Alesne de Saint Allouarn, 1771-72', Early Days, vol. 2, part 16.

Caldwell, Kate 1945, 'The reminiscences of Mrs Annie Morrison (1853-1942)', Early Days, vol. 3, part 6: 10-13.

Caldwell, Kate 1945, 'J. S. W. Parker and the Town of Dangin'Early Days, Vol. 3, Part 7.

Caldwell, Kate 1936, Burial Records Appertaining to Alma Street and Skinner Street Cemeteries, Fremantle, from Year 1831 onwards, compiled by K. Caldwell [manuscript] - available from City of Fremantle Library

Graham Bown's compilation is in Fremantle Library, with the catalog incorrectly showing Kate Caldwell as the author. Bown's MS states explicitly that he copied the data from parish records in 1984.

'In Memoriam - Miss K. Caldwell', Early Days, vol. 5, part 1: 52.

Image from the register courtesy of Diane Oldman, 25 February 2018.

See also: street names.

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