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Fairbairn, Jessie Kate (?–1921)

A Melbourne telegram states that the death occurred yesterday of Mrs. George Fairbairn at her home in Toorak. Mrs. Fairbairn was a daughter of the late Mr. F. W. Prell and was born in St. Kilda. In 1880 she married Senator Fairbairn. Of her four children two survive, Mr. Clive Fairbairn, who saw active service with the British Army, and a daughter, who married Captain Stewart Balmain, aide-de-camp to Lord Northcote when he was Governor-General.

Mrs. Fairbairn was held in the highest esteem for her philanthropic work. She took a keen interest in the Alfred Hospital, recently laying the foundation stone of new quarters for the nurses. During the war she organised the Toorak branch of the Red Cross Society and was instrumental in sending large supplies of comforts to the troops overseas.

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'Fairbairn, Jessie Kate (?–1921)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/fairbairn-jessie-kate-1082/text1078, accessed 18 November 2017.

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