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Armytage, Ada Elizabeth (1858–1939)

Ada Armytage, by Jack Cato, n.d.

Ada Armytage, by Jack Cato, n.d.

from Who's Who of the World of Women, vol 2, 1934


Daughter of the late Charles Henry and Caroline Armytage, of Como, South Yarra; Fulham, Balmoral; and of Mount Sturgeon, Dunkeld, and Afton Downs, Queensland. Grand-daughter of the late George Armytage, J. P., of Ingleby, Winchelsea, and The Hermitage, Geelong, who landed in Williamstown in 1836. Educated, Melbourne and the Continent.

MAIN INTERESTS. Has spent some time travelling abroad; an enthusiastic supporter of the Boy Scout Movement, and mainly instrumental in building an extensive hall on Princes Highway for the 1st Dandenong Group, "Armytage Own"; granted use of Lodge at Holm Park and some beauty spots for camping to Scouts of various groups. The Scouts Association awarded to her a "Gold Thanks” Badge. In January, 1935, entertained at “Holm Park" Scouts of twenty-nine different nations from World's 1934-35 Jamboree. During the Great War and after, opened her country home, "Holm Park, " for invalided soldiers. An active worker in the Red Cross, and the Lady Mayoress's Comforts Fund. The sale of the tiny Belgian flag inaugurated by Miss Armytage during the War in the interests of Charities originated the Flag and Button Days all over the British Empire.

CHARITIES. Life Governor of Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital. Hon. Secretary, Hon. Treasurer and President, at different times, for many years of the Girls Training Home at East Melbourne. Three years President and now Vice-president of the Officer Branch of the Country Women’s Association of Victoria. Member of the Hospitality Committee of the Victoria League of Victoria since its inception. Member of the Historical Society of Victoria. Has organised many fetes and entertainments in aid of various charities, etc.; one held at Como, South Yarra, for funds for the Church of England, raised £1, 000 clear profit in one afternoon. Founder of the "Pass It On Club, " whose motto is; "If it be good, pass it on; if evil, keep it close. " In recent years has held dances at "Holm Park" to raise funds for various deserving objects.

CLUBS. Alexandra, Victoria League and A. W. N. L.

ADDRESS. "Como, ” Como Avenue, South Yarra, Melbourne.

COUNTRY ADDRESS. "Holm Park, ” Beaconsfield, Victoria.

Original Publication

  • Who's Who of the World of Women (Reference Press Association), vol 2, 1934 (view original)

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