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Headstone on grave erected by fellow child welfare workers commemorates Susan May Matthews.

Appointed an inspector in the reorganized Child Welfare Department in 1916, Susan Matthews  did the same work as male inspectors, covering truancy, probation, affiliation, placements and adoptions, until 1923 when women were debarred from country inspections.

Among the first women gazetted justice of the peace in 1921, as an executive member of the Women's Justices' Association she renewed efforts to extend eligibility for jury service to women. She died of cancer on 26 June 1935 at Moore Park, and was buried in the Roman Catholic section of Botany cemetery.


Address:Cemetery Avenue & Military Road, Roman Catholic Section, Botany General Cemetery, Matraville, 2036
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.973333
Long: 151.226944
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Government - State
Source: ADB
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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