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Rees George, Madeline (1851–1931)

from Advertiser (Adelaide)

Miss M. [Madeline] Rees George, who died at North Adelaide yesterday in her eighty-first year, was one of the best-known figures in education circles in South Australia. She was one of the founders and first secretary of the Adelaide branch of the League of the Empire. Miss George was born in Kent, and was educated in England and Germany. She had teaching experience at Kissingen, Wiesbaden, and Munich (Germany). She came to Australia in 1879, and joined the South Australian Education Department in 1880 as teacher of languages in the Advanced School for Girls. Subsequently she resigned to conduct a school of her own at North Adelaide, which was known as Miss Woolcock's school, but in 1888 she came back to the department as headmistress of the Advanced School for Girls.

She held this post until the school was merged into the Adelaide High School, when she was made headmistress of the larger institution. She resigned from the department in 1913.

One of the greatest ambitions in Miss George's life was to raise £300 through the League of the Empire to enable the statue of Captain Sturt to be erected in Adelaide. Miss George made a trip to England in 1900 and 1907 when she went as a delegate to the first League of the Empire conference held in London. She also went to London in 1913.

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'Rees George, Madeline (1851–1931)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/rees-george-madeline-6296/text35467, accessed 19 September 2019.

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