Gladys Maeva Cumpston

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Gladys Maeva Cumpston
Born31 May 1887
Rosedale Victoria, Australia.
Died18 June 1975
Resting placeRed Hill
Occupation(s)Community worker, Horticulturist, Voluntary Aid Detachment personnel
Known forGardening, Community work, and Braille Transcript.
ChildrenThree sons and four daughters

Gladys Maeva Cumpston (1887–1975), was an Australia community worker, horticulturist, a braille transcriber and also a member of the Voluntary Aid Detachment, born on 31 May 1887 at Rosedale Victoria, Australia.[1][2][3][4]

Early life and education[edit]

Gladys Marva Cumpston was born on 31 May 1887 at Rosedale Victoria, Australia.[1][2][3] She learned by Governesses and went to Shirley College and Presbyterian Ladies’ College, Melbourne.[1][2] John Howard Lidgett Cumpston, a Historian and first Federal Director of health at Australia, is the husband of Gladys.[1][2][5][6][7] Cumpston had three sons and four daughters.[6][7] After her husband's death in 1954, Cumpston promoted the publication of Johns historical research.[1]


Cumpston was an active member of society such as Native Plant cultivating Society; Canberra Mothercraft Society; Canberra Nursery Kindergarten Society; Canberra Horticultural Society; Australian Red Cross Society; and Canberra and District Historical Society.[1]

Honors and recognitions[edit]

Cumpston won the Lady Gowrie Challenge Cup in 1949 and Ormond Cup in 1936.[1][2] The Queensland Braille Writing Association recorded Gladys name in the honor board for her services as a Braille Transcriber.[1][4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Waterhouse, Jill, "Cumpston, Gladys Maeva (1887–1975)", Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, retrieved 21 March 2019
  2. ^ a b c d e "Gladys Maeva Cumpston AUS - Cumpston Research". Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Gladys Maeva Cumpston (Walpole) 1887 - 1975 BillionGraves Record". BillionGraves. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Full Record: Prahran Mechanics Institute". Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  5. ^ Cumpston, Gladys M. (1924). Papers of Gladys Cumpston.
  6. ^ a b "John Cumpston - Historische gegevens en stambomen - MyHeritage". Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  7. ^ a b Langmore, Diane (2007). Australian Dictionary of Biography, 1981-1990. The Miegunyah Press. ISBN 9780522853827.