MACDOUGALL, AUGUSTA ('PAKIE') (1875-1945), café owner, and DUNCAN (1878-1953), actor-manager, were husband and wife. Augusta was born on Christmas Day 1875 at Waverley, Sydney, fifth child of English-born parents Benjamin Quiddington Poole, quarryman, and his wife Clara Ann, née Wonnocott. Educated at Leichhardt Superior Public School, Augusta trained (1902-03) as a nurse at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Camperdown, where Henry Lawson was one of her patients. While nursing, she became interested in politics and feminism.
Duncan was born on 15 February 1878 at Glasgow, Scotland, son of John Macdougall, draper's assistant, and his wife Isabella, née Mitchell. Emigrating with his family to Sydney in 1886, he was educated at Cleveland Street Superior Public School. He then worked at Angus & Robertson's bookshop. By the age of 22 he had set up as an elocution teacher. His first student was Augusta Poole. He also taught public speaking to candidates for ...Read more at the source website