Nellie Dougharty, community worker

Nellie Dougharty, a young woman from Launceston, Tasmania, suffered great personal loss during the war. She faced the deaths of her mother, her brother Frank who was killed in action in May 1915 and her husband Frederick in April 1918. That year saw the beginning of Nellie's long interest in philanthropy and a steadfast advocacy for projects assisting returned soldiers and their families. After the Armistice, she cared for her elderly father and managed to run the household on financial assistance offered by the Department of Repatriation. In 1924 she completed a vocational course and developed skills useful to her community work.

Nellie Dougharty (1886–1968), 1945.
The Mercury (Hobart), 11 April 1945, p. 5

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This trainee report records how in February 1924 Nellie commenced a shorthand course funded by the Department of Repatriation. The assessor noted she was 'diligent and eager to improve herself'.
NAA: J26, M59577, p. 4