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Emily Jane Waite (1856–1925)

by Chris Cunneen

Emily Jane Waite, née Hill (1856-1925)  community and church worker

Birth: 1856 at Pitt Town, New South Wales, daughter of English-born parents, Henry Jacob Hill (1833-1913), an agricultural labourer from Tollard-royal, Wiltshire, and Louisa, née Harvey (1832-1896), from Durweston, Dorset. Marriage: 4 September 1880 at the Wesleyan parsonage, Tamworth, New South Wales, to George Waite (1860-1941), labourer. They had five sons and one daughter; three of the children died in infancy.  Death: 5 August 1925 at North Sydney. Religion: Anglican. 

  • Her parents had arrived in Sydney aboard the Gloriana in July 1855, under engagement to work on the John Macdonald estate at Pitt Town. Her father worked at Busby’s tannery.
  • After their marriage the Waites lived at North Sydney. From 1889 to 1890, at St Leonards, George Waite was secretary, and Mrs Waite, marshal, of the No 1 Progress Lodge of the Australian Order of Progressive Templars, a breakaway group from the Grand Lodge. The Waites resigned from the lodge in 1891.
  • Mrs Waite was an active community worker and Anglican at the Pitt town co-operative settlement, of which her husband was manager from 1893 to 1894.
  • She moved to Broken Hill in 1894, then to Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, with her husband and family. In about 1905 they returned to North Sydney.
  • Obituaries stressed that she was “very well known in charity and church social work for very many years”.

Citation details

Chris Cunneen, 'Waite, Emily Jane (1856–1925)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 20 May 2024.

© Copyright People Australia, 2012

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  • Hill, Emily Jane

Pitt Town, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


5 August, 1925 (aged ~ 69)
North Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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