Mrs Rosemary Boucaut was Acting Lady Mayoress of the City of Adelaide (appointed by the Mayor) from 1983-1985.

Early Life and Career

Rosemary was born on 3 August 1930 in India while her father Frederick was working there as an engineer. Her mother was a school teacher. She had three brothers and a sister. Her father died while the family was in India, so they were repatriated back to the United Kingdom. The family left Bombay on the day World War Two broke out, so they travelled back in a naval convoy for protection. On return she trained as a nurse at the Royal London Hospital where she met her future husband, whose father was doing Post-Graduate work at the same hospital. She married James Boucaut of Torrens Park South Australia on 6 December 1952 at St Marks Church, Rugby and was given away by her brother Dr R. Cahill. Three weeks later, the couple sailed for South Australia and on arrival rented an apartment at Millswood. Rosemary gained employment as a Dental Nurse for three years until the birth of her first child, Ingrid in 1955. She had another three children; Hilary 1956, Timothy 1958 and Madelaine in 1959.

The family then moved to a Housing Trust house in Klemzig for two years while her husband worked for English Electric at the Weapons Research Establishment in Salisbury. After this, they returned to London for two years where Rosemary studied family planning. When she returned to Adelaide, she gained employment as a family planning nurse.

On return they rented a house in Glenelg owned by her father-in-law where they stayed for thirteen years before moving to North Adelaide where she remained for the rest of her life. Her first job in Family Planning was in 1971 and she worked part-time at the Queen Victoria Hospital in the Gynaecological ward when abortion was legalised in South Australia.

In 1972 she was awarded a Churchill Scholarship and over a two month period visited nine countries, including Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Lebanon, Switzerland, Great Britain and the USA, to study family planning in hospitals and clinics. When she returned, her husband Jim had been elected to the Glenelg Council because he felt strongly about high rise development along the beach. She was put in charge of family planning at the Queen Victoria Hospital where she remained for ten years. In 1971 she took over from her husband as Councillor of Robe Ward in the City where she remained for 16 years. 


During her third term as a Councillor between 1983-85, she stood as Lady Mayoress for then Lord Mayor Wendy Chapman and was on the Lady Mayoress Committee which raised money for charity. Of the many committees that she was on, it was the Rose Festival Planning Committee that she wanted to be remembered for and her part in planting roses around Adelaide. At the age of seventy she finished her working career after 220 years at the Women and Children’s Hospital. Rosemary passed away peacefully on 9 October 2014  at age 84.

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The Advertiser'About People', 19 November 1952, p10.