Elsie Haselgrove, who grew up in Glenelg, a suburb of Adelaide in South Australia, was educated at Hadleigh College and St Peter's Girl's School, before attending Adelaide University. There she studied geology under Douglas Mawson, english with Professor Strang, anatomy with Professor Wood Jones and gained her diploma in 1926. She also played with the inter-varsity hockey team and joined the Adelaide Lyceum Club. Following her marriage, she moved to Renmark, South Australia where her husband worked for Angove Winery and later Mildara Wines. Haselgrove became involved in community work in the Renmark area, becoming president of the Guides' Association. She later moved to Adelaide for her children's schooling. Here she was not only involved with the South Australian Hockey Association, but became Divisional Commissioner in the Guides.
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