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Lady Vera Louise Blackburn (1880–1936)

The death occurred on Sunday, after a long illness, of Lady Blackburn, wife of Sir Charles Blackburn, of Macleay-street, Potts Point, who was knighted in the recent birthday honours.

Lady Blackburn was formerly Miss Vera Le Patourel, and as a girl was one of the noted beauties of Sydney. She was the daughter of the late Captain and Mrs. Henry Le Patourel, the latter being one of the first women writers on the staff of "The Sydney Morning Herald."

Until two years ago, Lady Blackburn was president of the Woollahra-Darling Point auxiliary of the New South Wales Crippled Children's Society, and was also interested in the Bush Nursing Association and the Women's Guild of Empire.

Lady Blackburn is survived by her husband. Sir Charles Blackburn, a son, Mr. Ruthven Blackburn, who is in the last year of his medical course at the Sydney University; and a daughter, Miss. Vera Blackburn.

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Alternative Names
  • Le Patourel, Vera Louise

1 November, 1880
Paddington, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


5 July, 1936 (aged 55)
Potts Point, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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