Mary Rocke

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Dr. Mary E, Rocke was a physician who was active in the Theosophical Society based in Adyar, India. She spent many years at The Manor in Australia, attending to C. W. Leadbeater.

Early life and education

Years in India

Clara Codd, who studied at Adyar from 1910-1911, wrote that the stimulation of being there often caused residents to become irritable or depressed. "Dr. Mary Rocke, a missionary doctor, who suddenly arrived to visit us, was a victim of the depression wave. She had to leave, but came back later. She had not been a member of the Society year, when the Master K.H. put her on probation. A charming Scots lady, normally gentle and sweet, suddenly grew so dictatorial and managing that we all had to laugh! It was so unlike her usual self We used to call such manifestations 'Adyaritis'."[1]

Years in Australia

Dr. Rocke was heavily engaged with the Order of the Star in the East, and served with T. H. Martyn as co-editor of The Star in the East, Australian Division, , 1918-1926. She also wrote articles of several other Theosophical magazines, according to the Union Index of Theosophical Periodicals. When visiting London, she stayed with George Rocke at Ivy Lodge, Hampstead Heath.[2]


  1. Clara Codd, So Rich a Life (Pretoria: Institute for Theosophical Publicity, 1956), 126.
  2. 1924 passenger list of the Ventura, from Sydney to San Francisco.