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Catherine Helen Spence (31 October 1825 - 3 April 1910) was a Scottish- Australian journalist, social political reformer and novelist in Australia. She strongly believed that women should be allowed to vote. She was born on 1825 in Melrose, Scotland and died in Norwood, Adelaide. She was lauded “the Grand Old Women of Australia” and in Scotland a plaque was made at her birth place in 1999. She went to a small private school after she immigrated with her parents to South Australia of the age of 14.