Raymond Herbert Cato

#256, b. 14 May 1883, d. 25 July 1949

Individual's Timeline

Birth14 May 1883Raymond Herbert Cato
Marriage31 August 1910Raymond Herbert Cato1
Death of Father10 July 1936William Coggin Cato
Death of Mother29 September 1936Caroline Murrell
Marriage of Daughter15 May 1941Nancy Fotheringham Cato
Death25 July 1949Raymond Herbert Cato2

Primary events

Secondary circumstances

  • Occupation: Raymond was the Consul for Czechoslovakia in Adelaide, South Australia between 1936 to 1948. In 1939 he refused demands by the German Consul in Ade laide to hand over the archives and emblems of Czechoslova kia following the German in vasion of the country. Hwe was also most likely the R H CATO who was th manager of the Adelaide Branch of Messrs. 'Peacock Brothers' Business System Company in 1916.2
Brushes with the LAW

Raymond was involved in an accident on the ANZAC Highway, and was subsequently charged with driving under the influence - ANZAC HIGHWAY ACCIDENT - Motorist Pleads Not Guilty
* Raymond Herbert Cato, of Bevington road, Glenunga, pleaded not guilty, in the Traffic Court yesterday, to a charge of having driven a motor car along the Anzac Highway on Saturday, while he was so much under the influence of intoxicating liquor as to be incapable of exercising effective control. The case came before Mr. R. J. Coombe, S.M. Mr. L. A. Whitington, for Cato, urged that the charge should be dealt with at once, as the defendant was anxious to clear his name immediately. Mr. Coombe intimated that the court could not deal with the matter then and adjourned the case until January 29. Acting Assistant Police Prosecutor Barrington appeared for the police. The charges were later dropped. The Prosecutor, Mr H, N, BARRINGTON, said, "He had been instructed to withdraw the charge in view of the police doctor's report and the report of Cato's medical adviser. It appeared that an honest mistake had been made by the witnesses as to Cato's condition at the time of an accident."
Other reports in the papers show that the car Raymond was driving collided with a horse-drawn buggy. Both vehicles were going in the same direction when the collusion occured.

Raymond was investigated by the federal police around 1940 in SA If we ever go to Adelaide it may be worth having a look?

Title - RH CATO
Barcode - 439815     
Series number - AP501/2     
Series accession number - AP501/2
Control symbol - 251
Contents date range - 1938 - 1944     Location - Adelaide
Access status - Open
Date of decision - 20 May 1988.3
His life was recorded thus ~~ Raymond Herbert CATO was born on 14 May 1883 at New Town, Hobart, Tasmania the second son of William Coggin and Caroline CATO.
Raymond Herbert CATO married Mab PEARCE in Adelaide, South Australia.
Raymond and Mab had one son and one daughter:
Raymond was a Consul for Czechoslovakia in Adelaide, South Australia.
Details of Raymond and Mab's deaths are not known.
Rex CATO died in tragic circumstances as a young man.4

Children of Raymond Herbert Cato and [Olive] Mabel Edmonds Pearce


  1. Website Tasmania, Australia, Index to Marriage Notices in The Mercury, 1854-1962 (unknown url) "     Raymond Herbert Cato
    Spouse Name:      Mabel Edmonds Pearce
    Marriage Date:      31 Aug 1910
    Other Details:      Adelaide
    Gender:      Male
    Publication Date:      15 Oct 1910."
  2. Trove Digitised Newspapers, The Advertiser Thursday 28 July 1949 Page 4.
  3. Trove Digitised Newspapers, The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954) Tuesday 21 January 1936.
  4. Unknown agency, British Biographical Archive, Australasian Biographical Archive Fiche: 49,262
    Name: Cato, Raymond Herbert
    Dates: -
    mentioned: 1944
    Occupations: consul
    Groups: Diplomats
    Country: Australia
    Archive: Australasian Biographical Archive
    Fiche: 49,262

    Title of Source: Alexander: 1944 [= Short title]
    Who's Who in Australia. - 12th ed. - Melbourne. - 1944.