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Alice Mabel Emmerton (1866–1943)

Alice Emmerton

Alice Emmerton

Jack Cato

Born, The Briars, Mornington.

Daughter of Alexandra Beatson Balcombe, of The Briars, Mornington, Victoria, and grand-daughter of William Balcombe, of the East India Company, St. Helena. William Balcombe’s property, “The Briars,” sheltered Napoleon for three months until Longwood was built. He was afterwards the first Colonial Treasurer of New South Wales appointed by the British Government. Mrs. Emmerton’s mother was a daughter of Dr. Reid, R. N., Surgeon of the “Bellerophon.”

Wife of the late Harry Emmerton, of Messrs. Smith and Emmerton, Barristers and Solicitors. Family, one daughter (Mrs. Norman Brookes).

MAIN INTERESTS. On the Committee of the Children’s Hospital for eleven years and at present President of the South Yarra Auxiliary for the Children's Hospital. Mr. Emmerton was a Trustee and Legal Advisor for the Hospital for over thirty years. She received the O.B.E. in 1927 in recognition of work done during the War. President of the Entertainment Committee of the Million Shilling Fund. Actively engaged in promoting all Social Welfare work. Also keenly interested in music and art, and has helped to send many young artists to Europe. Has travelled extensively abroad and throughout America, over the Andes (South America), along the Great Wall of China, etc. Honoured with C.B.E., 1932.

HOBBIES. Collecting Antiques, Gardening and Music.

CLUBS. Alexandra (Melbourne), and Ladies’ Empire Club (London).

ADDRESS. “Raveloe, ” Domain Road, South Yarra, Melbourne, Victoria.

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Alice Emmerton

Alice Emmerton

Jack Cato

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Alternative Names
  • Balcombe, Alice Mabel

Mornington, Victoria, Australia


29 January, 1943 (aged ~ 77)
South Yarra, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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