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Gweneth Jane (Gwen) O'HALLORAN (SA)
Boren 23 March 1918
Married A 'Ray' THIELE 1944
South Australian Champion 1941
Western Australian Champion 1955
Though past her best, she had a good result at the 1952 Australian, pushing fellow veteran, and eventual champion, Thelma Long to three sets in the QF.
Thiele was the first woman elected to the management committee of the South Australian association.
Margaret OFFICER (WA)
Western Australian Champion 1926
Mary O'MAHONEY (WA)
Married Bernard F 'Bernie' PRINDIVILLE 1938
Western Australian Champion 1936, 1938
City of Perth Champion 1936
Christine 'Chris' O'NEIL (NSW)
Born 19 March 1956 - Newcastle, NSW
Australian Champion 1978
Helen Margaret OUTHWAITE (VIC)
Born 1900 - Armadale
Married (1) Alastair Cameron GRAY 18 May 1925
Married (2) Dr Charles WB LITTLEJOHN 12 January 1935
Travelled overseas in 1928 and played a number of tournaments. Was unable to progress through qualifying at Wimbledon.
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Fay Patricia 'Pat' PARMENTER (NSW)
Born circa 1937
Married Anthony John RANDALL in 1960
From the NSW country town of Maitland, Pat was also an Australian squash champion.
Magdalene Jessie 'Maisie' or 'May' PARR (SA)
Born 1 May 1864
Died 8 May 1948 - Adelaide SA
Six-time SA Champion (1892 to 1899), she was also a finalist in the Victorian Championships (1894).
Returning from England in 1881, where she learned to play tennis with her sister after watching games, she joined the Adelaide Tennis Club and won the club championship in 1883.
She won her first SA singles championship in 1892, aged 27, and her last in 1899, aged 34. She was runner-up in 1911, aged 46. She won her last doubles title, in 1907, at the age of 42. In 1931, the 66 year old played in the South Australian championships but restricted herself to handicap doubles.
In 1909, when she was well past her best, a critic wrote "Miss Parr is a fine example of strong, active women. Her play, though she is a veteran in years, is a marvel of vigor and dash; and though beaten by safer methods, her game is the most attractive to watch. Like Miss Payten, she goes for winning strokes but, unlike her, she misses many."
Parr was a stickler for physical fitness, running several miles each day and cycling regularly at her peak.
Grace PATERSON (NSW)
Born 1904, Woollahra, Sydney
Married Lt Kenneth HARVIE on 12 December 1931
Daughter of AB 'Banjo' PATERSON
Lillian Eleanor PAYNE (SA)
Born 6 August 1875
A nine-time SA Champion (1895 to 1907), she was also runner-up in the Victorian Championships (1901) and winner of the Victorian mixed doubles title (1906).
Lillian was a cousin or niece of Maisie Parr, who had taught Payne the game.
Rose Hannah 'Babe' PAYTEN (NSW)
Born 20 December 1879 - Campbelltown, NSW
Died 9 May 1951
NSW Champion 1900, 1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1907
QLD Champion 1903, 1904, 1905, 1907
WA Champion 1906
After retiring from tennis in 1909, she became a champion golfer.
Bertha Louise Harwood 'Beth' PEACH (NSW)
Married Lt John William 'Jack' CHAPMAN on 21 May 1942
Daughter of former champion Frank Peach, Sister of Eileen and Paddy.
Eileen Frances Harwood PEACH (NSW)
Married Francis Joseph 'Frank' RUWALD on 10 July 1939
Eldest daughter of former champion Frank Peach.
Norma Jean Harwood 'Paddie' or 'Paddy' PEACH (NSW)
Married Kenneth Douglas 'Ken' FRANCIS on 25 January 1939
Youngest daughter of former champion Frank Peach.
Phyllis Josephine Banner PEACH (NSW)
Married Ralph HOLDROYD on 17 April 1946
Daughter of former champion Norman Peach, Cousin of Beth, Eileen and Paddy.
Ada PEACOCK (WA)
Beryl PENROSE (NSW)
Born 22 December 1930 - Sydney
Married James Arthur F COLLIER 1957
A somewhat controversial selection in the 1952 Australian tour of South Africa, Penrose justified her selection by being the only player not to lose a rubber in the team matches. She then travelled to Europe and won the Welsh singles.
In 1955 was seeded 7th at Wimbledon and justified this by reaching the QF only to lose to Louise Brough. Beryl played most of the top post-war players during her career - eg Hart, Fry, Connolly - but rated Brough as her toughest opponent.
Beryl's grandson, James Duckworth, is a current ATP/ITF player.
Rose Eileen (Eileen) PERSSE (QLD)
Married Fitzpierce JOYCE 1905
R/U in 1897 Queensland Championships
Brenda PIGGOTT (TAS)
Born circa 1905
Married Douglas JONES
Played overseas (at least Frinton-on-Sea) in 1930
Daphne POON (QLD)
Of Chinese parentage
Born 20 June 1959
A leading junior player, she went on to make the last 16 in the Australian Open singles, was a semi-finalist in the Australian Open doubles, a finalist in the Queensland Open singles and won the Australian Hardcourt doubles.
Since the 1980s, she has been a respected TV sports journalist, producer and tennis commentator.
Nicole PRATT (QLD)
Born 5 March 1973 - Mackay, QLD
Maria Amy (Amy) PRATTEN (QLD)
Married Thomas DORAN 1909
1895 Queensland Champion
Clara Harrington 'Clare' PROCTOR (NSW)
Married Frederick George COPEMAN in 1954
Nicole Anne-Louise PROVIS (VIC)
Born 22 September 1969
Married Mark Robert BRADTKE 27 February 1994
Mary PUGH (QLD)
1894 Queensland Champion
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Kristine Louise RADFORD (NSW)
Born 3 March 1970
Married Damian Michael KUNCE 30 November 1996
Edith RALEIGH (VIC)
Born 26 Nov 1873
Minnie Constance (Constance) RALEIGH (VIC)
Born 29 Sep 1863
Edith & Connie's older brother Ernest RALEIGH (19 Nov 1861 - 3 July 1935) was also a tennis champion.
Born circa 1939
A "plucky and tenacious" player Rayson won the 1957 Australian Junior title. She covered the court "like a terrier" and fought for every point.
Kristine Louise RADFORD (NSW)
Catherine Rosemary (Rosemary) REES (VIC)
Born 1912 - Caulfield
Dorothy 'Dot' E RENDALL (VIC)
Fay REYNOLDS (VIC)
Mary REYNOLDS (VIC)
Thelma RICE (NSW)
Married Arthur V HUXLEY on 16 December 1940
Daughter of former champion Horace 'Horrie' Rice
Minnie Rose RICHARDSON (TAS)
Born 22 April 1897
Married Dr James MAGNER on 23 June 1928
Tasmanian Champion 1924, 1925, 1926
Played in England in 1928, but was not at her best. She had travelled to Britain by ship and, in the course of the voyage, had become engaged to the ship's doctor. They married shortly after the ship arrived in England and no doubt tennis was not her highest priority at the time.
Phyllis RICHARDSON (WA)
From Albany, she was 1934 WA Country Champion
Agnes ROBERTSON (NSW)
Married George H WARBURTON in 1901
Nina G ROCK (TAS)
1893, 1894, 1895, 1896, 1903, 1904, 1907 Tasmanian Champion
Eva Ada Blanche RODD (NSW)
Married Charles METCALFE in 1887
Mavis Isabel ROFE (NSW)
Married Dennis Robert 'Dinny' PAILS 1943
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Floris Eva Sterne ST GEORGE (NSW)
Married Roland CONWAY (aka James E WAYLAND) on 16 April 1927
At the age of 38 travelling, at her own expense, as an emergency with the 1925 international team, she did surprisingly well on tour - particularly in doubles.
In 1928, as Mrs Conway, she became one of the first women officials with the NSW and Australian LTAs. After incidents demonstrating that male officials gave scant attention to women's tennis, she (with Nell Lloyd) nominated for elected positions with the NSW LTA council and encouraged every registered female player to vote them into office, despite 'tremendous opposition' from male officials.
Today, schoolgirls in Sydney compete for the Floris Conway Cup.
Jessie SALTER (VIC)
Elizabeth Marie 'Liz' SAYERS (QLD)
Born 1 April 1963
Married Peter David SMYLIE 10 November 1984
Winner of 36 doubles titles on the WTA tour, her greatest sucesses came when winning the Wimbledon doubles title (1985 - with Kathy Jordan) and the US mixed doubles (1983 and 1986 - with John Fitzgerald and 1990 with Todd Woodbridge). She also shared an Olympic bronze medal in 1988 with Wendy Turnbull.
Madonna SCHACHT (QLD)
Born 1942 (or 1943)
Married Dr Rudi WEBER - divorced ??
A member of the 1962 Australian women's team, she toured regularly overseas through to the mid sixties.
After seperating, Madonna had a three year custody fight with husband Rudi Weber over their son, also named Rudi. The Austrian father 'kidnapped' his son, fleeing to Europe on a number of occasions, before Madonna was able to retrieve him.
Dorothy Agnes SCHLESINGER (VIC)
Born 1895 - St Kilda
Married Roland Wallace HOPE 1921
Greta SCHULTZ (QLD)
Mary SCHULTZ (QLD)
Sister of Greta. Sometimes the family name can be spelled 'Schultze'
As a junior, she led 11-9 1-0 against Nell Hopman in the 1952 Australian before Hopman retired from heat exhaustion. Suffering herself after this match, Schultz was upset the next day in the junior girl's event and went down meekly to Mary Hawton in the open singles.
Gwen SCOTT (NSW)
Sister of Joan Scott
Joan M SCOTT (NSW/VIC)
Married Vernon PETT 1922
Lillian M M SCOTT (NSW)
Married Cecil P HUNGERFORD on 22 January 1889
1888 NSW Champion and, with sister Zilla, doubles champion
Zilla Helen A SCOTT (NSW)
Married Edgar MOLESWORTH in 1891
Daphne Grace SEENEY (QLD)
Born 2 February 1933 - Monto, QLD
Married Trevor Thomas FANCUTT 14 April 1957
1958 Queensland Champion
Daphne had her best Australian Championship in 1956, thrashing reigning champion and world top-tenner Beryl Penrose 6-2 6-1 in the QF. On the heavy grass court, Seeney placed her left handed shots and used the drop shot very well.
Officials were reluctant to stage the SF matches on Centre Court, but Seeney was part of a 'sit down protest' that forced the issue to the satisfaction of women players and supporters. Half way through the 2nd set, just when it seemed she was getting into the match, Seeney dislocated her right knee. She insisted on continuing with it heavily strapped, and even won a few games before Mary Carter finished off the match 6-3 7-5. Seeney travelled overseas that year, reaching German and Wimbledon doubles finals.
Vera Celia Elizabeth SELWIN (NSW)
Married Martin Walter BERG 1939
Ethelwynne 'Wynne' Mary SHARP (SA)
Born 20 May 1891
1913 South Australian Champion
"a fine sturdy athlete"
Harriet Josephine 'Phenie' SHAW (VIC)
Born 1865 - St Kilda, Melbourne
Married Edgar WARD-THOMAS 27 November 1896
Sometime doubles partner of her younger, and more successful, sister Mabel.
Mabel Ann SHAW (VIC/NSW)
Born 1867 - St Kilda, Melbourne
Died 1914 - Sydney
Married Percy Brereton COLQUHOUN 30 April 1897
Carol SHERRIFF (NSW)
Born 20 October 1946
Married (1) CE ZEEMAN
Married (2?) CAMPLING
Still winning senior titles in Australia post-2000
Gail Vivian SHERRIFF (NSW) (later FRA)
Born 3 April 1945
Married (1) Jean-Baptiste CHANFREAU, 17 December 1968
Married (2) Jean-Joseph LOVERA 12 February 1976
Married (3) BENEDETTI
Cynthia SIELER (NSW)
Born 11 February 1951
Married Peter DOERNER 26 June 1972
Lavina SINGLETON (QLD)
Five-time Queensland Champion
Ruby Beatrice SKINNER (SA)
Born 5 September 1912 - Subiaco, WA
Died 14 August 2001
Married Kenneth Lyle LITCHFIELD - 27 Aug 1940
Three times SA Hardcourt Champion (1932-1934).
A teacher of elocution, she directed 35 plays for the Adelaide Repertory Theatre up until 1983, and acted in several. She was President of the Sportswomen's Association from 1969-1974 and the first woman appointed to the Board of the Adelaide Festival Trust (1971). She also did considerable charity work throughout her life.
Appointed as Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire on 13 June 1981 for service to the performing arts and the community. She had earlier been appointed as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire on 1 January 1959, and honoured with a Queen's Silver Jubilee Award in 1977.
To commemorate her legacy to the State and to honour the achievements of South Australia's artists and cultural industries, a new award for South Australia's arts community, known as the 'Ruby Awards', was introduced by the State Government in June 2006. An arts scholarship is also awarded in her honour.
Elizabeth Helen SLOAN (NSW)
Married Rupert E MCTAGGETT 1927
Margaret SMITH (NSW/VIC/WA)
Born 16 July 1942 - Albury, NSW
Married Barry Michael COURT 28 October 1967 - Perth, WA
Australia's greatest ever women's champion.
Link: Full Title Haul - http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=295237
Link: Career Record - http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=40047
Link: Record and Stats - http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=156313
Peter SMITH (WA)
Married Jim NATHAN in 1937
Western Australian Champion 1929
Pamela 'Pam' SOUTHCOMBE (VIC)
Born circa 1934
Married Howard WEARE
Seeded fourth, Southcombe lost in the 1953 AO QF to Maureen Connolly.
"I thought," recalls Pam, "she's 18, just a girl like me. It shouldn't be too bad. But she was No. 1 in the world and I quickly found out why. But I wasn't nervous because I felt it was great to be on the court with the best, an experience any tennis player would want.
"I was working downtown as a secretary, and took the train to Kooyong. She'd had a practice hit with Harry Hopman (the indispensable Australian Davis Cup captain). He and his wife, Nell, advised her. But I didn't have time for that. We were scheduled for an outside court, one with no seats. But it was crowded with a few hundred standing.
"Maureen and I walked together down the slope from the clubhouse. She was civil - we chatted - but I could see she was very focused."
"She hit flat, but used sidespin, and had an excellent drop shot. And, remember, these were the wooden racquet, one-hand backhand days. I think she'd be fine with today's racquets"
Elaine SPEED (VIC/TAS)
Married Jack LOVETT
Josephine SPEHR-JONES (SA)
Pauline SPENCER-PARSONS (NSW/TAS)
Leila Howard Beryl (Beryl) SPOWERS (QLD)
Married Henry 'Harry' MacAuley TURNER 27 January 1915
Queensland Champion in 1913 and 1926
Jennifer Jane 'Jenny' STALEY (VIC)
Born 3 March 1934
Married Lewis Alan 'Lew' HOAD 18 June 1955
Australian HC Champ 1954
South Australian Champ 1954, 1955
One year out of juniors Staley reached the final of Australian Championships in 1954 only to lose to veteran Thelma Long. Her boyfriend Lew Hoad, on leave from the National Service training, was in the stands and this, plus unwanted media attention about their relationship, was a possible reason why Staley was unable to produce her stylish best in the final.
In 1955 during an overseas tour, Staley ‘snuck off’ from the team just prior to Wimbledon and married Hoad. Team manager Adrian Quist and LTA President Norman Brookes were furious with the Hoads and with men's team manager Harry Hopman. Hopman had supported Lew and given Jenny away at the ceremony. The Australian and overseas press had a field day when the story broke!
Doris 'Dot' STANFIELD (TAS)
Married John H LESTER in 1927
1917 Tasmanian Champion
Olive STEBBING (NSW)
British-born, she had lived much of her life in India where she made a name for herself as a top player, particularly in doubles.
NSW Champ 1941
Cumberland Champ 1939
Ruth STEPHENS (VIC)
Married P Clifford TANN on 27 March 1930
Competed overseas in 1928
Pearl STERN (QLD)
Dorothy 'Dot' or 'Dolly' STEVENSON (VIC)
Born 3 August 1916
Married John Victor WADDELL 1 February 1940
Finalist Australian & QF French in 1938
Gwynneth 'Gwen' STEVENSON (VIC)
Died 15 January 1950
Married Graham WADDELL 1943
Both of the Stevenson sisters were coached by Meryl O'Hara-Wood.
Pearl A STEWART (VIC)
NSW Champ 1911, 1913, 1914, 1915
VIC Champ 1912, 1914
SA Champ 1911
Later a top golfer.
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Mabel TAYLOR (QLD)
Queensland Champion 1893
Judith Anne Marshall 'Judy' TEGART (VIC)
Born 12 December 1937
Married Dr David E DALTON on 18 November 1969
"Slightly above middle-height and strong in figure, she played in a get-up-and-go manner. An Australian stylist, she used her strong wrist freely, and in a woman that looked adventurous and often exhilarating if she were trailing against a world star and refused to be cowed in the least. She was a great favourite at Wimbledon".
Gwen THEW (NSW)
Married Eric HEHER in 1935
Yutha Maud Mary THIEMAYER (VIC)
Born 1918 - St Kilda
Married Allen Stuart HALLIDAY 2 March 1940
Marjorie Evelyn THITCHENER (NSW)
Married Alfred FOSTER 19 September 1922
Eva THURLOW (QLD)
May THURLOW (QLD)
Married Eric COWLISHAW 1915
HM (Helen?) 'Nell' THYNE (TAS)
Judith 'Judy' TISSOT (VIC)
Married Edward FITZGERALD
Tissot was a versatile racquet sports champion. She was a Melbourne badminton star and won the 1952 Australian squash title; her first of four national
championships, as well as representing her state in tennis. She travelled to Europe in 1953, with her friend Kay Neville Smith, hoping to see the coronation. While in Englend, both competed in tennis tournaments while Judy made the SF of the British Squash Championships.
After marriage in 1957, Judy had six children and devoted herself to coaching. Her daughter Sarah Fitzgerald, who won five World Open championships in the 1990s and is considered one of the greatest squash players of all time.
Beth TIVEY (NSW)
Amanda TOBIN (NSW)
Born 8 June 1960 - Bathurst, NSW
Married (Peter?) DINGWALL
Marie TOOMEY (VIC)
Married George MARTIN on 28 Feb 1950
Agnes I TOSH (NSW)
Married Leslie N TURNER 1935
Mother of Grand Slam champion Lesley Turner (Bowrey).
Octogenarian Agnes Turner likes a challenge - she has run the Sydney City to Surf for the
past nine years and is currently competing against women almost 20 years
her junior in the Australasian Veterans tennis championship being held at nine
clubs throughout Melbourne.
Mrs Turner, 82, has been competing in the veterans' championship for the past 11 years
and as a 71-year-old, won the 65 and over age group.
In 1934, Mrs Turner, the mother of former French and Australian Open
champion Lesley Bowrey, won the NSW Hardcourt Championships.
"Lesley has come along a few times to watch me, but no, she doesn't give
me any tips. I'm a bit past that," said Mrs Turner in between matches
yesterday at the Hawthorn Recreation Club.
Mrs Turner said she first took on the City to Surf challenge when
pressed by two grandsons to run with them.
"I keep getting trophies for the oldest woman in the race," she said.
Her best time for the event is 117 minutes - last year she covered the
14km is 119 minutes.
- Canberra Times - 9 January 1992
Faye TOYNE (QLD)
Born 18 December 1943
Married James L MOORE 1960s
Joyce TRAEGAR (SA)
Nellie (Ellen?) TREWHELLA (WA)
Western Australian Champion 1939
Wendy TURNBULL (QLD)
Born 26 November 1952 - Brisbane, QLD
Nicknamed "Rabbit" as she was blessed with good speed on court and retrieved many balls.
Lesley Rosemary TURNER (NSW)
Born 16 August 1942
Married William Walter 'Bill' BOWREY 23 February 1968
In addition to her two Grand Slam singles victories at the French Open, Lesley won seven Grand Slam doubles titles, including the 'career slam' as well as Australian (2) and Wimbledon (2) mixed doubles championships.
Overshadowed somewhat by the great Margaret Court, the only important Australian singles titles Turner did not win during her career were the Australian and NSW Championships.
GRAND SLAM RECORD
Australian Final 1964, 1967
French Champion 1963, 1965, Final 1962, 1967
Wimbledon SF 1964
US SF 1967
Australian HC Champion 1960, 1962, 1965, 1967
Victorian Champion 1960
South Australian Champion 1967
Queensland Champion 1966
Western Australian Champion 1964
Tasmanian Champion 1960, 1963
NSW HC Champion 1960, 1961, 1965
"A model stylist. Her service was accurate, her volleying neat, her forehand a strong and orthodox Eastern, and her backhand sounder still. Fair-haired and blue-eyed, slender and light on her feet, she did not lack crowd support when she encountered any stronger looking opponent. Turner's well produced driving and her fighting qualities were both surprisingly strong."
Jillian 'Jill' TUCKFIELD (VIC/SA)
Born circa 1928
Married Flt-Lt Ian Russell OLORENSHAW - 9 July 1949
1947 Australian Junior Champion
Molly (or Mollie) TURNER (TAS)
Tasmanian Champion 1941, 1946
Noelene TURNER (NSW)
Sister of Lesley Turner
Flossie Ada 'Tots' TWELFTREE (SA)
Born 26 Oct 1889
Married E N SEARY
Faye TYTER (NSW)
Married Tod RICHARDSON in 1951
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Julia Madge Rose 'Madge' VALANTINE (VIC)
Born 1897 - Armadale
Married Walter D LIST in September 1927
Champion Australian fencer and accomplished surf lifesaver, swimmer and diver.
Maiden name sometimes published as 'Valentine'.
Ula VALKENBURG (NSW)
Runner-up in singles at the NSW and NSW HC Championships, Ula was considered a better doubles player and she won (with Nell Hall) the New Zealand title in 1932.
Nina Fisken VICKERY (NSW)
Married John Gordan 'Jock' or 'Jack' LOBBAN 7 February 1940
A competent baseliner who was probably more at home on 'chipped' hardcourts, she retired to family duties in 1940 following her marriage to Australian Long Jump champion and record-holder Jock Lobban. Both University 'blues', Nina and Lobban had played in the 1938 Metropolitan Championships together.
During the war, Flying Officer Jock Lobban died in an RAAF air accident, leaving his widow and a three year old son, John.
Once WWII ended, Nina did return to play local tournaments and the NSW Championships in 1945/46.
NSW HC Champion 1938
Killara Champion 1935
Cumberland Champion 1938
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Joan Eunice WALTERS (SA)
Born 3 October 1916
Married Frederick Steele KOEHNCKE circa 1940
A promising junior who did not improve as much as expected in her senior career. Joan beat Dot Stevenson to win the 1935 SA Junior title and again upset the Victorian (seeded fourth) in the 1936 Australian Championships.
Walter's forte was to force the pace and put away the easy ball when it came along.
Metropolitan Champion 1934
Metropolitan HC Champion 1935
East Torrens Winter Champion 1936
South Australian junior Champion 1935
Betty J WARD
Married Ross HARMER on 12 June 1937
Gwynneth J 'Gwen' WATERHOUSE (NSW)
Married Jack E CASSIDY 1928
Alice Laura WATSON (VIC)
Married James Reedie BECK (SA) 1914
Died December 1916
1912 South Australian Champion
"Perhaps the finest doubles player in the Commonwealth, a hard hitter and..her stamina was remarkable."
Jessie WATSON (NSW)
Esme WATTS (WA)
Married Laurence Henry BANDY in 1943
Meryl Aitken WAXMAN (VIC)
Born 5 June 1894
Married (1) Charles Roy LISTER 1916
Married (2) Patrick 'Pat' O'HARA WOOD 1923
An enduring player who first came to attention in 1909 when she won the Victorian schoolgirl's title. Her 'pretty' style of play won her many fans and kept her at the top of Australian tennis for nearly 25 years.
She was 34 when she was first able to compete overseas as part of the 'Invicible' women's team of 1928.
South Australian Champion 1913, 1915
Queensland Champion 1925
Ida WEBB (NSW)
Married Lyle Henry GRAHAM in 1940
Cumberland Champion 1937
Ida A WEDIN (WA)
Married Robert A MACBETH 1925
Western Australian Champion 1925, 1927
Katherine Ruth 'Kath' WEMYSS (SA)
Born 24 January 1901
Married Ivor BULL in Colombo, SRI 1935
Eleanor FW WENTWORTH (NSW)
Married Maxwell 'Max' B SMITH in 1935
Dorothy 'Dot' WESTON (SA)
Born 21 February 1900
1934 South Australian Champion
Joan Elizabeth WHEATON (NSW)
Married Thomas Mitchell WEBB 1936
Rosemary WHITE (NSW)
Married Neil GIBSON
Dulcie WHITTAKER (VIC)
Married John YOUNG on 25 February 1949
Cousin of Marcel and Shirley Whittaker
Marcel WHITTAKER (VIC)
Married Dr Eric Evan PRICE on 31 October 1939
First name sometimes spelled 'Marcelle'
Sister of Shirley Whittaker
Shirley WHITTAKER (VIC)
Born 30 May 1914
Died 6 June 1939
Suffered a nervous breakdown in December 1938, soon after having completed her arts course at University. She was seriously ill from then until her death.
"A versatile and clever left hander", she was University Champion in 1934, 1936 and 1938. In 1935, playing with Fred Perry, she won the New Zealand mixed doubles championship.
Enid WILLIAMS (NSW)
Joyce WILLIAMS (NSW/QLD)
Married Cecil MORGAN in 1937
Mavis WILLIAMS (WA)
Married AE 'Alec' COOKE in 1937
Results sometimes refer to 'Mrs LM COOKE'
Gertrude Jane WILMOTH (VIC)
Born 1876 - Melbourne
Died June 1950 - Horsham, VIC
Name sometimes published as A Wilmoth (and variety of spellings including Willmott, Willmoth, Wilmott)
Jean Thea WILSON (SA)
Born 11 Jan 1912 - North Adelaide
Married Cecil DAVIES 22 May 1937
Her father, George Albert WILSON, instituted the 'Wilson Cup' for women.
Margaret WILSON (VIC)
Married Lt John F RUTTER
Born circa 1920
Played overseas in 1938
In 1939, Wilson was struck by a taxi, fracturing her leg in four places.
Muriel 'Muff' WILSON (NSW)
Played Wimbledon in 1933 - always played in gloves
Lucy WINSPEAR (TAS)
Also a hockey international and a local star in badminton and fencing
Quentin WINTER-IRVING (VIC)
Married John Ernest 'Jack' DE LITTLE on 19 March 1928
Joyce WOOD (VIC/WA)
Married Max MCDERMOTT 1943
Beatrice Ethel Lydia (Ethel) WOODS (WA)
Married Edmund Shelley BARKER in 1895
Western Australian Champion 1909, 1911
Kathleen Mary 'Kath' WOODWARD (VIC)
Married John Geoffrey PORTER - 2 April 1946
Played tennis and golf overseas in 1938 and umpired at Wimbledon.
Nancye Meredith WYNNE (VIC)
Born 10 June 1917 - Melbourne, VIC
Died 9 December 2001 - Melbourne, VIC
Married Sgt. George Frederick 'Peter' BOLTON 6 July 1940 (he died in 1942)
The first Australian woman to reach the final of an overseas Grand Slam singles title (US - 1938) and the top Aussie player for around fifteen years (1937-1952). Bolton might normally have been expected to peak as a player during the World War II years of 1940-45, so missed out on numerous opportunities to improve her already impressive list of championships.
Despite winning 10 Australian doubles titles with Thelma Long, Bolton was only able to enter five overseas slam tournaments with her long-time partner. And of these five, the pair had to default in three of them.
GRAND SLAM RECORD
Australian Champion 1937, 1940, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1951
Wimbledon QF 1948
French R3 1938
US Championships F 1938
"Tallish, in short skirt and stiff-brimmed white hat, and on hot days a knotted handkerchief round her throat, she made a distinctive and dominating figure on court. Her forehand was a well-behind the handle form of Eastern (approaching Extreme Eastern), and instead of wrapping her thumb round the handle in the normal way, she laid it along the handle's top surface. There was no advantage in that; it was just her own way. A hard hitter anywhere, she fairly pounded high-bouncing forehands.
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Well....I said it was just a start, but that's nearly 350 players listed so far. Whew!
During my research, I've stumbled across name/age/other details for some New Zealand players too. Since there's no specific thread in which to post these, (particularly if they never married) I might as well post them here for those who are interested:
Gladys Myrtle (Myrtle) ANDERSON (RSA/NZL)
married William John 'Bill' MELODY (NZL) in 1916
Married Dr Geoffrey MYERS in February 1933
Eva Marian BAIRD
Married Sydney Craven HODGES in 1919
Nancy Ella CURTIS
Married Walter F STURMAN on 23 April 1924
Nina Mataura DOUSLIN
Married Cornelius O'LEARY in 1910
NZL BDM records show she had a daughter, Gladys DOUSLIN, in 1894 with no record of a father.
May Constance GORE
Married James MARCHBANKS on 18 August 1897
Sisters May and Olive also had a brother, C St G GORE, who played tennis competitively.
Married Dr Douglas H BETT circa 1916
Hilda Maude HITCHINGS
Born with just one arm (the left) and she "serves in a wonderfully clever manner by holding her racket with three fingers of her only hand, and a slight toss of the ball which is held by the remaining finger and thumb, followed by a quick twisty tap with the racket, results in a fast low service which is anything but easy to take."
She was unusually tall (5' 11) and had a sister Una who also played in NZ. Hilda lived in London from the 1897 to 1906 and had some tournament play. Apparently around August 1904 she won the Ladies' Silver Challenge Cup of the St Quintin Lawn Tennis Club, decisively beating Miss Pocock. Her first tournament in England was the Chichester tournament in 1897 where she was defeated in the handicap singles.
She was also a fine singer, pianist and painter as well as being talented at needlework, making all her own dresses.
Her sister Una also played in NZ tournaments.
Lelia May Arita (Arita) HOWE
Married Robert Peers ADAMS 1927
sometimes spelled Areta
Sarah Mary LANCE
Born Hythe, England circa 1871 (I suspect earlier)
Married Ernest Denton TANNER in 1887 (Divorced 1908)
Around 1885 she emigrated from England where, supposedly, she had achieved success in many large tennis tournaments. Her husband, cricketer Ernest Tanner, sued for divorce in 1908 naming Charles Uniacke as co-respondent.
Constance Palgrave MARTYN
Born 12 May 1864, Palgrave, Suffolk ENGLAND
Married Lionel Augustus ABRAHAM in England on 19 June 1890
Died 3 October 1942
Known as a champion horse-woman and golfer as well as a tennis player and charity worker. Received the OBE in 1919 for her work during WWI.
Married F GALLAGHER circa 1938
Kathleen Mary NUNNELEY
Born 16 September 1872 - Leicestershire, England
Died 28 September 1956 - Wellington, NZL
Allegedly her English tournament successes, prior to emigrating to New Zealand in late 1894 included:
1891 Ladies Handicap Brighton, 5 Prizes at South of England Tournament, Eastbourne
1892 Prizes at Liverpool, Nottingham, Leicester, Northampton and others
1893 Open Singles at Nottingham, Won Blackheath, Won Beckenham, Won Wellingborough
1894 Won Nottingham (d Miss Jackson 60 61), Won Nottingham Handicap (d Mrs Hillyard)
Isabel Sarah REES (NZL)
Born circa 1867/68
Died July 1894.
She won the Champion Ladies Tennis Singles at Dunedin in 1892 and at Christchurch in 1890/91. She was the finest horsewoman in the colony and a fine all round athlete. Rees died, after 7 days illness and inflammation of the brain, aged just 27.
Mary Hamilton 'May' SPIERS
married Harry Mitchell DYKES in 1929
Mary Anastasia Camillus 'May' TRACY
Married Noel McNair THOMPSON on 1 January 1930
Married HATHERLEY circa 1939/40
Born 2 June 1882 - Patea, Taraniki NZL
Died 6 September 1958 - Patea, Taraniki NZL
Married Edward Cecil Burdett WHITEHEAD on 13 November 1912
Born 1875, Kakaramea, NZL
Died 25 March 1954
Married (1) George Vater PEARCE in 1893 - Separated 1917, Divorced 1920
Married (2) Neil Bruce BARKMAN in 1922
Her divorce from politician George Pearce in 1920 caused a scandal.
Katherine Lucia VAN ASCH
Married Edward MENLOVE in 1905
Sister Annie also played in NZ tournaments.
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Nov 22nd, 2011, 09:32 AM
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Re: Australian Players: A to Z
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