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Fisken, Lily (1860–1923)

Among the many women who have for years done quiet and estimable social service in Melbourne was Miss Lily Fisken, whose death on Wednesday will be deeply regretted by a large circle of friends and fellow workers. Always kind-hearted and generous in her support of charitable objects, the two institutions with which she was closely connected up to the time of her death were the Ladies' Work Association, of which she was honorary secretary for some years, and the Renown Free Kindergarten, for which, since it was opened a little more than three years ago, she has been a most energetic worker. She was particularly helpful in raising funds for the new building. Artistic and accomplished needlewomen, her work and that of her sister, Miss Alice Fisken, has always been in great demand at fetes and bazaars, and they have on occasions completely stocked special stalls with exquisite articles which have enjoyed ready and profitable sale. They never spared themselves, working long and late for special objects. During the war Miss Lily Fisken and her sister co-operated at the Australian Prisoners of War Bureau in London, service which was rewarded with the order of the British Empire. Those who have worked with Miss Fisken say that whatever she undertook to do could be depended upon, and she will be especially missed in philanthropic circles.

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'Fisken, Lily (1860–1923)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/fisken-lily-14524/text25631, accessed 25 April 2019.

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