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Frances Emily (Fanny) Dowling (1843–1925)

By the death of Mrs. V. J. [Frances Emily] Dowling a link with the early days of land settlement in Queensland and New South Wales is broken, and Sydney loses an active philanthropic worker.

Mrs. Dowling, who died in Sydney on Thursday, was the youngest daughter of the late T. C. Breillat. In 1866 she married Vincent J. Dowling, whom she survived. Inland Queensland was then being opened for settlement, and Mr. Dowling was one of its pioneers. Mrs. Dowling accompanied him thither, and shared with him the inevitable trials and hardships of pioneer life. In later years Mr. and Mrs. Dowling returned with their family to New South Wales, and made their home at Lue, Mudgee.

After her husband's death, Mrs. Dowling lived in Sydney, where her keen interest in religious and philanthropic movements found practical expression. Mrs. Dowling is survived by her family of four-two sons. Willoughby Vincent Dowling and Frank Osborne Dowling, and two daughters, Mrs. R. H. Dangar and Mrs. J. H. Fairfax.

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Breillat, Frances Emily

24 April, 1843
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


29 May, 1925 (aged 82)
Woollahra, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

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