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Frances Elizabeth (Betty) Allan (1905–1952)

Students of the Australian Forestry School were pall-bearers at the funeral of Frances Elizabeth Calvert, wife of Dr. P. J. Calvert, at St. Andrew's Church, Forrest, yesterday afternoon.

Mrs. Calvert died on Wednesday, aged 47 years following a sudden illness.

The deceased was one of Canberra's best-known mathematicians and had taken a prominent part in local educational and community activities for many years.

Born and educated in Melbourne, she graduated from Melbourne University in 1926, becoming a Master of Arts in 1928. She later studied at Cambridge, following which some time was spent at the Rothamstead Experimental Station specialising in agricultural statistics.

Mrs. Calvert joined the staff of the C.S.I.R.O. in Canberra about 1930 as biometrician, later becoming consultant to the Forestry Bureau and lecturer at the Australian Forestry School in statistical method. She was a member of the staff at the time of her death.

Mrs. Calvert also lectured in mathematics at the Canberra University College, and took an active part in the activities of the Canberra Women Graduates' Association.

She was one of the earliest members of the Canberra Nursery Kindergarten Society, and served as President of the Canberra Mothercraft Society in 1945-46.

She is survived by her husband and son Allan.

The service at St. Andrew's Church was attended by representatives of several diplomatic missions as well as Canberra

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  • Calvert, Frances Elizabeth

11 July, 1905
St Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


6 August, 1952 (aged 47)
Acton, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

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