The death occurred unexpectedly yesterday of Lady Dorothy Stephen, wife of Sir Colin Stephen. Lady Stephen entered St. Luke's Hospital 10 days ago, and an operation was successfully performed. She appeared to be making satisfactory progress until yesterday when she suddenly collapsed and died.
Lady Stephen was a member of a well known Sydney family, being the eldest daughter of the late Mr. E. W. Knox, formerly chairman of directors of the Colonial Sugar Refining Co., Ltd., and of Mrs. Knox, of Rona, Fairfax-road, Bellevue Hill. Among the charitable institutions with which she was associated was the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children. Until a year or so ago, she was a member of the house committee of the hospital, and up to the time of her death retained an active interest in it. She was one of the founders, and for a time was president of the Macquarie Club.
Lady Stephen was a regular visitor to Randwick Racecourse, and at the more important race meetings was usually the hostess of large luncheon parties there. She had not, however, owned or raced horses, her hobby being the care and supervision of the lovely gardens of Llanillo, on the heights of Bellevue Hill. Lady Stephen is survived by Sir Colin Stephen, by a son, Mr. Alastair Stephen, who is at present spending a holiday in Europe, and by two daughters, Miss Helen Stephen and Miss Philippa Stephen, who is now on her way back to Australia from a trip to India.
A private cremation has been arranged for to-day, and there will be no public funeral service.
'Stephen, Lady Dorothy (?–1935)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/stephen-lady-dorothy-1287/text1279, accessed 22 May 2013.