Catherine Clarissa HOWARDE
Also known as: née Jones, Kate, Catherine Black, Catherine De Saxe, Catherine Jones
Born: 28 July 1864
Died: 18 February 1939Special Achievements:
1921 - First woman officially credited with production and direction of an Australian feature film 'Possum Paddock', which was a play that she wrote, produced, and presented.
Eg. P.xi (preface) in 'Brilliant Careers: Women in Australian Cinema" by Andree Wright (Pan, 1986).
Author of pantomimes, sketches, and songs.
Managed her own theatrical company, toured in Australia, Great Britain to include London, South Africa, and the United States.
Wrote, produced, and presented the plays and film:
Under the Southern Cross
When the Tide Rises
The White Slave Traffic (1914)
Why Girls Leave Home (1914)
Possum Paddock (1919), which was made into a film, making her the first woman to direct a feature film in Australia
On Our Selection (1921)
The Limit (1921)
The Bush Outlaw (1923)
Find Me A Wife (1923)
Gum Tree Gully (1924)
Common Humanity (1927)
The Newlyweds (1930)
The Judgement of Jean Calvert (1935)
Koala Valley (1938)
Image - Kate Howarde
Description: Drawing of Kate Howarde, Observer (NZ), 24 February 1894 Source: Papers Past Date: 1894 Author: unknown Permission: This image from New Zealand is in the public domain both in New Zealand and in other countries adhering to international copyright treaties, because its author died more than 50 years ago.