Rosemary Boucaut

People of Adelaide


Posted on 01 Sep 2019

Rosemary boucaut

Freda (Rosemary) Boucaut (1930-2014) was elected as Councillor of the Robe Ward of the City of Adelaide in 1979 and retired in 1995 after 16 years of service as Councillor and Alderman (1989-1995) and Lady Mayoress (1983-1985).

During this time she was Chairperson of the Works and Parks Committee and an active member of the North Adelaide Society.

Born in India, Boucaut trained as a nurse at the Royal London Hospital before marrying and relocating to South Australia. She undertook further studies with the Family Planning Association in England; on her return to Adelaide she became the city’s first family planning nurse.

In 1972, Boucaut was awarded a Churchill Scholarship to study family planning in hospitals worldwide. She worked at the Queen Victoria Hospital in the gynaecological ward, as a counsellor, and oversaw the new family planning clinic, before becoming Director of Staff Counselling at the Women and Children’s Hospital.

Celebrating 125 years of women's suffrage in South Australia.

Image: 5992ITEM0003, Archives Collection, City of Adelaide Archives, 1990