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Frances Esme Desailly (?–1950)

Francis Esme Desailly,

Francis Esme Desailly,

Laura Greenham

Wearing shawl of camel hair and silk belonging to Queen Elizabeth; very handsome. Wife of Dr. Julian Gilbert Desailly, son of the late George Desailly, Esq., Mossgiel and Coree, N. S. W. Grand-daughter of the late Dr. Curdie, Tandarook, Camperdown.

CHARITY ACTIVITIES. Mrs. Desailly occupied a very prominent position in Camperdown, being President of the Ladies' Charitable Fund, Rest Room for Women and Children, Baby Health Centre, Traders’ Ladies’ Committee. Vice-president, Boy Scouts. St. Paul’s Tennis and Croquet Clubs, Horticultural Society, Operatic Society, Camperdown Tennis Club. Two Life Governorships, District Hospital. Camperdown. Selected as representative at Pan-Pacific Conference as Delegate Associate, 1930, but owing to family reasons unable to go; Council Member, Victoria League; on Executive, Central Council of Benevolent Societies, and the Representative to National Council of Women of Victoria. Member of Committee. Soldiers’ Memorial, Higher Elementary and State Schools, etc. First Country Special Magistrate for Children’s Courts in Victoria; Commissioner for Witnessing Declarations and Affidavits; Life Member, Toorak College Old Girls’ Association; Patroness of the Boy Scout Movement of Victoria (recipient of two Thanks Badges in appreciation for assistance given); Donor of the Desailly Tennis Shield, also of the Desailly Emu Country Boy Scouts' Shield; Honorary Secretary, Camperdown Golf Associates and Hospital Balls; Honorary Secretary, Red Cross and crowned Queen of Charity during the War. Intensely interested in the general progress of the district.

Family, one daughter, Dora. Keenly interested in the Girl Guides and possesses a “Thanks Badge" for services rendered and local charitable work.

SPORTS. Golf and Tennis.

CLUBS. Alexandra, English Speaking Union, Victoria League, and International Club.

ADDRESS. "Tiarri," Camperdown.

PRESENT ADDRESS. "Tiarri,” Church Street, Middle Brighton, Melbourne, Victoria.

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Francis Esme Desailly,

Francis Esme Desailly,

Laura Greenham

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Alternative Names
  • Tangye, Frances Esme

25 September, 1950
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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