My grandmother Kathleen Cavenagh Cudmore was born 27 June 1908, 112 years ago today. She was the second daughter and second child of Arthur Murray Cudmore (1870-1951) and his wife Kathleen Mary née Cavenagh-Mainwaring (1874-1951).

My father wrote in a memoir of his mother:

Kathleen was always most attached to her father, who was a considerable sportsman: he played Australian football as a young man at league club level, his family background made him a good horseman and a good shot, and he was a talented golfer. Kathleen played golf from an early age, rode horses in competition, and also learnt fencing and played hockey. She remarked in a later interview that when she was young she would often play golf in the morning and go riding in the afternoon – or riding in the morning and golf in the afternoon. … She played regularly with the professional, Willie Harvey, at Royal Adelaide Golf Club.

Various sporting photos (1929, December 14). The Register News-Pictorial (Adelaide, SA : 1929 – 1931), p. 20. Retrieved June 27, 2020, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article53431470
THE SPORTS GIRL. (1930, March 15). The Mail (Adelaide, SA : 1912 – 1954), p. 16. Retrieved June 27, 2020, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article63837630
“ASSOCIATES from the Kooyonga and Royal Adelaide Golf Clubs held their annual competition for the Cudmore Challenge Cup at Seaton yesterday.Some of the competitors photographed daring the match. Left:—Mrs. G. de Crespigny driving off” from (1934, June 2). The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 – 1954), p. 20. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article35110345

In 1934 Kathleen won the South Australian Women’s Golf Championship.

Ladies Golf Championship of South Australia: cup won by Kathleen Champion de Crespigny 1934
Adelaide’s Attractive Young Matrons … No. 3 (1935, October 15). News (Adelaide, SA : 1923 – 1954), p. 7. Retrieved June 27, 2020, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article129295857
FOURSOMES TO MESDAMES ASTLEY—DE CRESPIGNY (1938, June 9). News (Adelaide, SA : 1923 – 1954), p. 11. Retrieved June 27, 2020, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article137464087 WALKING TO THE EIGHTH TEE-The finalists In the women’s foursomes golf championship of Australia, who met over 36 holes at, Seaton today. They are (from left), Mrs. F. Monfries and Miss May Douglas, who were opposed to Mrs. G. de Crespigny and Mrs. J. F. Astley.
Kathleen playing golf with her friend May Douglas (1904 – 1999)

Kathleen still played golf socially when I was a child and I remember playing with her at the Royal Adelaide Golf Club at Seaton in the 1970s.

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