HerStory

Effie Gwyneth McCAFFERY

Also known as: née Downie, Billie

Special Achievements:

1935- The first female hairdresser in Northern Territory.

Additional Information:

Apprenticed to a Miss Jockel, who ran a hairdressing salon in Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria.
In Alice Springs, as hostess of The Residency, hosted the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip and A Town Like Alice film star Peter Finch.


Resources

  • Image - ‘First night “A Town Like Alice” in Alice Springs.’ Left to right, front row: Unknown, Peter Finch (star of the film), Mac (Reg McCaffery), and Billie McCaffery. 1956.

    Image from the McCaffery Collection, Central Australian Historical Images, Courtesy of Alice Springs Public Library.


  • Image - Possibly Viscount de L’Isle (Governor-General of Australia from 1961 to 1965) third from the left and Reg McCaffery on the right. The two ladies would most likely be their wives. Occasion unknown.

    Image from the McCaffery Collection, Central Australian Historical Images, Courtesy of Alice Springs Public Library.


  • Image - Flynn Church, Alice Springs under construction. Persons unidentified.

    Image from the McCaffery Collection, Central Australian Historical Images, Courtesy of Alice Springs Public Library.


  • Image - Flynn Church, Alice Springs under construction. Persons unidentified.

    Image from the McCaffery Collection, Central Australian Historical Images, Courtesy of Alice Springs Public Library.


  • Image - Unidentified dignitary arriving at Alice Springs by air.

    Image from the McCaffery Collection, Central Australian Historical Images, Courtesy of Alice Springs Public Library.


  • Image - Flynn Church, Alice Springs under construction. Persons unidentified.

    Image from the McCaffery Collection, Central Australian Historical Images, Courtesy of Alice Springs Public Library.