Ruth Mary Madden was born on Feb 6, 1898, to Henry Madden and Cecilia Mary Maude Henderson at South Yarra. Niece of Lieutenant-Governor and Chief Justice of Victoria, Sir John Madden. Ruth married John Leo Gavan-Duffy on Feb 8, 1923, at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne. It was, unfortunately, a short lived marriage. John died in a car accident near Port Fairy on May 3, 1925. Ruth formed and was President of The Legion of Mary. She was involved with the Red Cross and helped form and was President of the Badger Creek Red Cross and for some time was director of the Healsville Juvenile Gymkhana, an annual event. Ruth passed away, aged 66, on Sep 18, 1964. She is buried at the St Kilda Cemetery with her husband. If you are related to Ruth, this photo is for you. It is one of a set of three taken in 1921, by Melbourne photographer, Spencer Shier. A larger copy of this one and the other two are available at the State Library of Victoria. Click Here (Tif, 3070 x 5532, 48.6m -or- Jpg, 555 x 1000, 107kb).
Click Here, for the marriage details in the The Australasian.
1964,20840,,Duffy,Ruth Mary,Madden Henry,Henderson Lillian,Badg,66,
1964,20840,,Gavan Duffy,Ruth Mary,Madden Henry,Henderson Lillian,Badg,66,