There is very little about the early life of Cate (Catherine) Davis that would be considered normal today. She grew up on a sheep property between Tamworth and Armidale during World War II, so she suffered further isolation because petrol was severely rationed. There was no Pre School, in fact she did not attend a real school until she entered Tamworth High School at the age of 12, boarding at the Girls Hostel. Her senior years were spent at PLC Armidale. Her undergraduate degree was from New England University and then two subsequent degrees were from the Australian Catholic and Charles Sturt Universities. These were done after she married and had two small children, because her father would not sign the appropriate documents for her to attend University when she left school. These degrees were attained externally.
For many years, Cate worked as a Senior High School music teacher and during that time, she was co-founder of the Border Music Camp which is held annually at Albury. Although this had a very shaky beginning, it is now approaching its 42nd year of activity. She directed this Camp for 18 years and received an Australia Day Award for her work. She also conducted the Border Youth Orchestra and a Regional Schools Orchestra for many years. Unfortunately, because of the onset of tinnitus, she had to give up Music. Needing some outlet for her creativity, she turned to writing, and this is her third book. Her first book was a children's book, Polly Platypus. Her late husband illustrated this so she had to self publish it. It was made available to charities as a money raiser and has raised over $15,000 for charities and non-profit organisations. Her second book, Great Granny B was a biography of her husband's aunt who was the first Welfare Officer to be appointed for migrants after the Second World War. This book was published by New Holland, and both these books were written under Catherine Davis.