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Best, Lady Maude Evelyn (?–?)

Maude Best, by Lafayette, n.d.

Maude Best, by Lafayette, n.d.

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

LADY BEST (Maude Evelyn)

Wife of Sir Robert Wallace Best, K.C.M.G. Four daughters: Margot, Phyllis, Helene and Roberta.

CHARITIES. Life Governor of the Eye and Ear Hospital, Life Governor of the Children’s Hospital, Life Governor of Queen Victoria Hospital, Life Governor of the Blind Asylum. Was on the Committee of the Women’s Hospital and also on the Newsboys’ Committee. Devoted three years to the Executive of Victoria League Committee. Has taken an active part in many Public Appeals for Hospital Funds.

MAIN INTERESTS. Welfare of the boys and girls. A troop of Boy Scouts (1st Canterbury) are known as "Lady Best’s Own”; was the first Divisional Commissioner to the Girl Guides’ Association, appointed by Lady Stradbroke for Melbourne and suburbs; was also District Commissioner for Hawthorn and Kew. Keenly interested in politics, and in 1906 started a movement in her own home to create interest on the part of other women in this sphere. Was Vice-president of three of the carnivals in Camberwell, which raised very large sums of money for the Red Cross.

CLUBS. Alexandra, Quamby, Victoria League Club.

HOBBIES. Reading, Music, Tennis, Gardening.

ADDRESS. “Worane,” Callantina Road, Glenferrie, Melbourne.

Additional Resources

  • Wedding, Table Talk (Melbourne), p 18, 11 December 1902

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