By the death of Miss Nancy Consett Stephen on Saturday the Red Cross Society lost one of its hardest workers.
Miss Stephen was the daughter of the late Mr. Montagu Consett Stephen and a granddaughter of the late Sir Alfied Stephen. Since the last war Miss Stephen worked constantly for the welfare of returned men and she had been associated with the New South Wales Division of the Red Cross Society since its inception in 1914.
She will be remembered by thousands of sick soldiers for her work in the Convalescent Department which she directed for 24 years until her resignation only a few months ago.
Miss Stephen was in charge of the arrangement of admissions to all Red Cross homes and sanatoria, and she was instrumental in the society first caring for tubercular soldiers and civilians. As a member of the executive and finance committees, homes and hospitals committee, representative on the central council, and liaison officials with the amelioration committee, she always gave freely of her service.
For some time she had been working for the establishment of a home for returned soldiers in their old age.
She was one of the first women to be made a Member of the British Empire, and in 1934 she received the OBE in recognition of her service. She also received the Award of Merit from the R.S.S.A.I.L.A .
At the beginning of the year she was elected a vice-president of the New South Wales Division.
The funeral service will take place at St Mark’s Church, Darling Point, this morning at 10 o'clock.
'Stephen, Nancy Consett (?–1943)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/stephen-nancy-consett-1282/text1274, accessed 19 June 2013.