Leisa Lovely aged 12 years old, dressed as Forget-Me-Not. According to a researcher, she was born 20 June 1875 in North Adelaide, South Australia. Her father was James Chapman Lovely and her mother was Annie Elizabeth (nee Cowie). Her father lived at Semaphore and was an Engineer/Surveyor, in partnership with George Dutton Green (of Green & Co). Leisa's father was involved in Local Government in the Le Fevre Peninsula, at one point chairman of the Le Fevre Peninsula District Council and later, serving as Councillor and at one point becoming becoming Mayor of the Semaphore Corporation. In 1887 Colonel Lovely was both the Mayor of Semaphore and President of the Semaphore Football Club. He was Chairman of the Lefevre Peninsula District Council and it was due to his efforts that the Proclamation of Semaphore as a municipality occurred in December, 1883. He represented Largs Ward in the initial Council for the following three years and then in 1887 he was elected the Mayor of Semaphore. He was a prominent Adelaide business man as well as one of the most well known and valuable military officers in Australia.