HerStory

Mary KRANTZ

Additional Information:

Written on the back of the drawing:  Scottish schoolteacher in Alice after being widowed.  Her much loved dog was named Zookie after Zhukow.
Went cycling with her dog “Zookie” and Mrs Sneddon and Mrs Sneddon’s 2 daughters.


Resources

  • Image - The Alice Olympic Bicycle Race

    The Alice Olympic Bicycle Race Mrs Kathleen Sneddon and Mrs Mary Kranz were ardent cyclists. They wore long dresses and eye-shades. Mary always held up an umbrella as a sunshade and her little fox terrier ran along beside her. Kathleen was artistic and designed the CWA banner which is on display below. She was the first president of the CWA of the Air. She always wore elaborate hats. In the painting, her daughters Una and her sister are riding along behind.

    ct for NPWHF


  • Image - The Alice Olympic Bicycle Race

    The Alice Olympic Bicycle Race Mrs Kathleen Sneddon and Mrs Mary Kranz were ardent cyclists. They wore long dresses and eye-shades. Mary always held up an umbrella as a sunshade and her little fox terrier ran along beside her. Kathleen was artistic and designed the CWA banner which is on display below. She was the first president of the CWA of the Air. She always wore elaborate hats. In the painting, her daughters Una and her sister are riding along behind.

    ct for NPWHF


  • References

    Petrick, Jose.  (2010, November).  The History of Alice Springs through Landmarks & Street Names.  St Marys, South Australia:  Openbook Howden Design and Print.  p. 198.

    VAN SENDEN AVENUE
    Dudley Van Senden, J.P. – Government officer.
    Dudley Van Senden came to Alice Springs during World War II as an Army officer.  He returned with his wife after the war and held an administrative position in the Municipal Section of the NTA, which operated before the Town Council was established.

    Mr Van Senden was instrumental in planting many trees in Alice Springs and in particular, the gum trees in Gap Rd.  …
    After his wife’s death, he went to Elkedra Staion as bookkeeper …
    Mrs Van Senden, an ardent CWA member, was President of the Alice Springs Branch from 1953-54.  While in office, she had the brilliant idea to have humorous caricatures of well-known CWA members drawn as fowls, by local cartoonist, Butch Peverill.  Peverill sketched several members as hens, accentuating their characteristics.
    Lil Bloomfield and Mrs Minnie McLeod, wives of pioneering pastoralists, were shown as two old brown feathered boilers wearing bonnets, driving a sulky.  The picture was entitled Two Hens from Oodnadatta.
    Another two were Mrs Kathleen Sneddon a Past President and Mrs Mary Kranz, who always wore eye-shades and were ardent cyclists.  Mrs Kranz always held up an umbrella as a sun-shade when she cycled and her little fox terrier Zuki, ran beside her.  Peverill sketched the two slim hens wearing eyeshades, frantically pedalling bicycles, complete with Zuki and the sun-shade.  This work of art was entitled The Alice Olympic Bicycle Race.
    The framed pictures were hung on the CWA Hall walls and provided great intrigue and humour for years.  After the CWA ceased functioning, the priceless treasures were given to the McDouall Stuart Branch of the National Trust, NT, who loaned them to the National Women’s Hall of Fame, Alice Springs