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The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926-1954)  Wednesday 24 December 1941


Spencer - Cumpston

The marriage of Margaret, eldest daughter of Dr. and Mrs. J. H. L. Cumpston, of "Greystones," Forrest, and Aircraftman T. E. Spencer, only son of Mr. and Mrs. T. N. Spencer, of  "Moorabinda," Tenterfield, was quietly  celebrated at St. Paul's Church

Frankston (Vic.) on December 13.


The bride, who wore an all white ensemble, was given away by her brother, Dr. A. G. Cumpston.  The bride, who is lecturer in zoology at the University College, Armidale, will resume her duties at the commencement of the College year.


The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926-1954)  Friday 4 December 1931



in the State Conservatorium of Music examination results published last week Margaret Cumpston secured an A pass in grade three. Miss Cumpston is a pupil of Mrs. A. R. Peters, of Canberra.

The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926-1954)  Thursday 15 February 1934  


SCHOLARSHIPS Canberra Awards For 1934 The Council of the Canberra University College announces that Scholarships have been awarded to the following applicants (whose

names are arranged in alphabetical order to enter upon the courses mentioned after their respective names*  

Dora Margaret Cumpston (xxxxxx Honours Sydney)

The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926-1954) Saturday 20 September 1930


S Y.M.C.A. PANTOMIME Production on September 27

Great interest is being displayed in the forthcoming production in the Albert Hall on Saturday, September 27, by the Y.W.C.A. of the pantomime, 'The Babes in the Wood."  This will be the first time a pantomime has been staged in Canberra.  Miss Gourgaud is the producer, and Miss Tivell of the Minnie Everett School of Dancing is training the ballets which includes 6O dancers.   Mrs. Brown has given the services of the Ambassadors Orchestra.  The story lends itself to illustration in ballets of robins and  other birds besides nymphs  and fairies. Jewell Patterson makes a clever frog. Norma Percival and Betty Gourgaud have  an interesting dance representing a crow and a dove. There is a miniature minuet in the court scene. The principals will be:


Babes, Betty Gourgaud and Patty Warren; Wicked Uncle (King): Miss May Hayman; Robbers: The Misses McKeddie and Daphne Davis; Page, Miss  Ailsa Mapleston; Fairy Queen, Miss Eileen Rittinger; nymphs: Misses Norma Percival and Margaret Cumpston; searchers: Missen Woodwood, Marjorie Hicks, Norma Gregory,  Alice Kaye; Robins, Pat Gourgaud, Yvonne Graham and Gwen Keane;  Tiny Pages The Arbury children.

The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926-1954) Saturday 25 April 1931  



In connection with the essays competition on "The Significance of Anzac Day" among pupils of all schools in the Federal Capital Territory the President of the FCT Branch B.S and S.I.L.A. (Mr. R. Rowes) .stated yesterday that he had been advised that the adjudicators, Dr L. H Allen, MA Ph.D. and Mr. L. D. Lyons, M.A . B.Sc, L.L.B., had adjudged the following winners of the respective sections:


 Girl: Margaret Cumpston (Telopea Balk Intermediate High School).

The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926-1954)  Tuesday 16 January 1934


EXAM, RESULTS Leaving Certificate SYDNEY, Monday.

The Leaving Certificate examination results were issued to-day. The numbers refer to the following subjects: 1 English, 2 Latin, 3 French, 4 German, 5 Maths, 6 Maths 7 Mechanics, 8 Modern History, 9 Ancient History, 10 Physics, 11 Chemistry, 12 Botany, 13 Geology, 14 Geography, 15 Art, 16 Lower Standard Mathematics, 17 Economics, l8 Music, 19 Physiology and Hygiene, 20 Zoology, 21 Greek, 22 Dressmaking, 23 Technical Drawing and 24 Domestic Science. The letters HI signify first-class honours, H2 second class honours, A first-class pass, B second class pass, L pass of the Lower Standard, X honours in Mathematics, 0 a pass in oral tests in French or German.


Telopea Park Intermediate High School

Cumpston, Margaret: 1H1, 2A, 3B, 5B, 6B, 10H2, IIB.

The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926-1954) (about) Wednesday 4 November 1931  


MUSIC EXAMINATIONS Conservatorium Results SYDNEY, Tuesday.

The following are the results of the recent theory of music examination conducted by the State Conservatorium on behalf of the Australian Music Examination Board, whlch were

announced to-night the organising secretary (Mr. T. F. Lobbin)

A represents an A pass, and B represents a B pass in the Intermediate and Leaving Certificate Examinations.

MRS. PETERS (CANBERRA) Grade 5. Honours: Dora Cumpston;

The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926-1954) Friday 13 December 1929



There was a large gathering at St. Gabriel's school yesterday afternoon, when the annual Speech Day and presentation of prizes took place. Her Excellency, Lady Stonehaven, presented the prizes.

The guests were received by Sister Hilda and Sister Carlotta and given seats in the large dining room, the dividing partition between it and the reception room being drawn aside. The girls of the school. looking nice and fresh in their white school uniforms, were assembled in the reception hall, and at the commencement of the afternoon, entertained by singing the Christmas carols, "Good Christian Men Rejoice," and "In Excelsis Gloria."


General knowledge:-Seniors: Hope Tillyard, Rosemary Needham, Margaret Cumpston.


There is a very long piece about the proceedings which can be viewed here:


The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926-1954)  Wednesday 12 December 1934  

TELOPEA PARK Annual Speech Day

An imposing array of cups and trophies won by scholars of the Telopea Park Intermediate High School at various contests held during the year, in addition to prizes for school work, was distributed at the annual speech day, held at the Capitol Theatre yesterday.

In the leaving certificate, outstanding successes were achieved by Nancy Sheehan and

Margaret Cumpston, both of whom were awarded Canberra University Scholarships and are now doing arts and science respectively at Sydney University.

The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926-1954)  Wednesday 17 January 1940

Visiting Sydney

The Director General of Health, Dr. J. H. L. Cumpston, and Mrs. Cumpston are holidaying in Sydney with their daughter, Miss Margaret Cumpston. They are expected back in Canberra next week

The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926-1954) Thursday 12 January 1939


Parliament House Garden Party.  The gardens at Parliament House presented a gay scene when guests began to arrive for the garden party given by Commonwealth Ministers in honour of visitors to the Science Congress.  Under a blistering sun with shade temperature of slightly more than 108 degrees, the guests sought the shade of the large marquees and ornamental trees.  However, about an hour after the first guests arrived the sky clouded and a torrential rain storm swept over the grounds and hundreds of guests hurried for shelter. Some took refuge in the pavilions, but the majority found shelter in motor cars or at Parliament House.


Amongst those noticed on the lawns were Sir Robert Garran, Sir William and Lady Clemons, Dr. and Mrs. J. H. L. Cumpston, Misses  Margaret, Mary, and Amy Cumpston,


The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926-1954) Wednesday 13 December 1933


TELOPEA PARK A large gathering of pupils, porents and friends attended the annual speech day and prize giving celebrations of the Telopea Park Intermediate High School, at the Capitol Theatre yesterday. The academic prizes were distributed by Mr C. S. Daley, while the president of the Parents and Citizens Association (Dr. Mackinnon) presented the sport trophies. The headmaster (Mr. H. J. Filshie) prefaced his report with some remarks concerning the N.S.W. education system, which, he said, was again in the melting pot.


The House captains were: Monaro girls, Nancy Sheehan; Monaro boys, Alan Sweetnam.

Yarralumla, girls Margaret Cumpston; Yarralumla boys, Cam. Gray.

The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926-1954)  Friday 26 October 1934


THE STATE BALL CANBERRA' S MOST BRILLIANT EVENT. DUKE DANCES FREELY TO FAST MUSIC.  Despite four inches of rain which have fallen since yesterday afternoon making the roads almost impassable, nearly two thousand invitees assembled in the King's Hall to witness the stirring spectacle of the arrival at the State Ball of the Duke of Gloucester.  It was the most brilliant function that Canberra has seen, outrivalling the reception held in the newly opened Houses of Parliament on the evening of May, 9, 1,927!


The debutantes at the Ball were the Misses Hilda Marion Abbott Helen Adams, Mavis Anderson, Joan Bale, Peggy Blair, Mildred Blakeley, Del Calthorpe, Margaret Campbell Mary Collins, Betty Courtenay, Shirley Crease, Margaret Cumpston Marjorie Violet Curtis, Margaret Daley Sybil Edwards.

The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926-1954) (about) Monday 11 October 1954

SUDDEN DEATH OF DR. J. H. L CUMPSTON The death occurred suddenly at his home in Forrest on Saturday of Dr. John Howard Lidgett Cumpston, world authority on public health and former Commonwealth Director-General of Health. Dr. Cumpston was 74 He is survived by his widow, three sons, Dr. Alan and Dr. Bruce Cumpston, of Canberra, and Dr. John Cumpston, of New Caledonia, and four daughters, Margaret, Mary, Amy and Maeva.

There will be a private funeral.

(A full transcript can be found on JHL's page)