This text is taken from the info supplied in her funeral Eulogy.
Connie was born at Pemberton, in the Sou'west corner of Australia
where her parents, James and Mary (nee Monti) Doherty were living
on the "Group Settlement Scheme" This scheme was an attempt to get
more people living and working on the land, however it was not the
success it was hoped to be and Connie's family later found themselves in
Fremantle where her father worked on the wharves.
During the Depression, Connie attended several Convent schools as her
family moved lodgings. She was a bright student, particularly with
English and Literature, she was first published in a children's book
when only 8 years old . Leaving school, she stayed at home looking
after her younger siblings while her mother went out to work. At
21,. as the war drew to a close, Connie got her first job at the fabric
counter of "Pellews" in Fremantle.
It was while she was working there that she developed her love of
literature which continued and developed all through her life.
In 1951, Connie married Jim Herbert, a naval rigger, and with views of
starting a new life, packed all their worldly goods onto a motor bike
and rode off to Albany, living in a tent - Life took a turn
for the worse when their tent burnt down, so off they went again,
this time by Austin A40 Ute to New South Wales. It was there that
Connies literary pursuits took off, with many jobs writing for the radio
and stage as well as developing as a rhyming poet of some note.
During this time she also had some small acting roles.
In the 1960's, Connie and Jim, now the parents of a daughter returned
to Fremantle, but misfortune again was her companion for her husband
died, leaving her to raise her daughter and earn an income. Connie
and her daughter then headed off to England where she had a variety of
jobs before retuning to WA and taking up a position as a cook at
Gasgoyne Junction. to be followed by some time as a barmaid, a TAB
operator and as a child care assistant.
All this moving about gave Connie a lot of material for her writing
which she had continued - she used this material as both a poet and
story teller in her "new" career as a guest speaker and a "public
During this time, Connie had a short lived second marriage to Brian
Her home in Fremantle was always abuzz with people from all walks of
life, but mainly in the literary world. She was a foundation
member of the National Women's Writers (WA), later going on to be
National President. She was also an active member, both as a writer and
performer with the Fremantle "Harbour Theatre"
In her later life, her eyesight deteriorated, however even
though this put a stop to her driving, it didn't stop her writing or
In the mid 1990s, she joined the newly formed WA Bush Poets and
Yarnspinners Assn, and became both a prolific poet and performer as well
as a mentor to those whose talents were still developing.
She continued with this until her death in 2002 .