Item 37-77 - Visits to U.K.

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Visits to U.K.


  • 1953 (Creation)
  • 1949 (Creation)

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43 photographs

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Sir Robert Cosgrove K.C.M.G. (1884-1969), a grocer by trade, became a trade union leader and politician. He was State President of the A.L.P. in 1916 and first elected to the House of Assembly for Denison in that year. He was Premier of Tasmania 1939-47 and Premier and Minister of Education 1948-58. He married Gertrude Geappen in 1911. He received the Knighthood, K.C.M.G. in 1959 and his wife was made a Dame of the British Empire in 1949.

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Deposited by Mrs M. Cumming (nee Cosgrove) 8 February 1971

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Visits to U.K. 1949, 1953. Photographs of Robert and Gertrude Cosgrove on their visit to London in 1949, when Dame Gertrude received the D.B.E., including: arrival, Air Force Group, receptions, Reading's thanks for food parcels distributed to the town in 1948 and 1949, reception for "Miss Australia" visit to Metro-Vickers Electrical at Manchester (37-48); visit to Glasgow for launching of the "Merino" (49-56); visit to English Electric Stafford Works (57-67); Hendry Bros., Engineers, London (R. Cosgrove looking at school desks and chairs 68-71); also departure by 'plane and on board "Strathair", Melbourne (April 1949) and in London (? Coronation visit 1953 76-7).

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This material is made available for personal research and study purposes under the University of Tasmania Standard Copyright Licence. For any further use permission should be obtained from the copyright owners. For assistance please contact

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“Courtesy of the UTAS Library Special & Rare Collections”

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CE September 2018




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