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Helen Fox (Nellie) Graham (1874–1944)

by Chris Cunneen

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Graham, Helen Fox ‘Nellie’, née Amos (1874-1944) dressmaker, miner’s wife and community activist

Birth: 20 October 1874 in Hobkirk, Roxburghshire, Scotland, and brought up at Leith, Midlothian, Scotland, daughter of Walter Amos (1852-1900), journeyman carpenter, Protestant lecturer, later photographer, and Jane Douglas, née Oliver. Marriage: c. 1900 in Scotland to William Graham, railway signalman, later miner. They had two sons and three daughters. Death: 20 April 1944 at her residence, St Marys, Tasmania. Religion: Methodist. 

  • Children’s births: a son in Glasgow (1901); a daughter in Edinburgh (1903); a son and two daughters in St Marys, Tasmania (c.1908-1914).
  • Founder women’s committee of St Marys District Hospital.
  • Active member, sometime secretary, of St Marys Womens’ Auxiliary for Overseas Missions
  • Staunch supporter of Red Cross.
  • committee member St Marys branch of Country Women’s Association.
  • Both sons served in Australian Imperial Force in World War I.

1881 & 1891 Scotland Census

Citation details

Chris Cunneen, 'Graham, Helen Fox (Nellie) (1874–1944)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 21 July 2024.

© Copyright People Australia, 2012

Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Amos, Helen Fox

20 October, 1874
Hobkirk, Roxburghshire, Scotland


20 April, 1944 (aged 69)
St Marys, Tasmania, Australia

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