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Ellen Mary (Nellie) Dibbs (1863–1956)

by Chris Cunneen

Ellen Mary Gaden (Nellie) Dibbs (1863-1956) community worker

Birth: 28 September 1863 at Sydney, New South Wales, daughter of native-born parents Thomas Allwright Dibbs (1833-1923), banker, and politician, and Tryphena Maria, née Gaden (1839-1925). Unmarried. Death: 5 August 1956 at Woollahra, NSW. 

  • Performed as an amateur mezzo-soprano in the 1880s.
  • Was personal secretary to her father. Took up and continued some of her parents’ charitable interests.
  • In 1889 was founding treasurer and original council-member of the Queen Victoria Jubilee Fund, chaired by Lady Carrington, the governor’s wife, for “the relief of distressed women”. Worked with this charity for the rest of her life.
  • In 1897 she joined the committee of the Queen Victoria Home for Consumptives, of which her father was vice-president. She later became vice-president herself.
  • Vice-president of the District Nursing Association.
  • Visited the United Kingdom on several occasions.

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Chris Cunneen, 'Dibbs, Ellen Mary (Nellie) (1863–1956)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, https://peopleaustralia.anu.edu.au/biography/dibbs-ellen-mary-nellie-33706/text42186, accessed 19 April 2024.

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