Born: Established: 19 Jun 1859 London ; Died: 6 Aug 1898 Darlinghurst
Ethel Pedley is best remembered for her only children's book, Dot and the Kangaroo, which was published posthumously in 1899. It is thought her writing was inspired by her visits to the property owned by her brother Arthur, near Walgett.
Pedley was an accomplished musician. She took up the violin at the age of 17 and studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London in 1880. After returning to Sydney in 1882, she taught singing and violin and founded the all female St. Cecilia Choir. In 1896 she persuaded the London Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music to extend their system of music examinations to the Australian colonies.Pedley died of cancer at her companion Emmeline Woolley's Darlinghurst home. She was buried in the Anglican section of the Waverley Cemetery, and is listed as one of the notable persons buried there.