Fanny Kate Boadicea Cocks was born on 5 May 1875 in Moonta, the daughter of Anthony Cocks, a Cornish miner, and his wife Elizabeth (née George), a schoolteacher.
The family suffered hardship and debt but were buoyed by their firm belief in Christian values. They moved to Adelaide in 1900, where their financial situation improved.
Better known as Kate, Cocks was appointed as South Australia’s first female police constable – and the first woman in the British Empire to be paid at same level as male officers – in December 1915. – READ MORE