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Countess Eileen Marie Freehill (1858–1942)

The death occurred yesterday, at the age of 84 years, of Countess Eileen Marie Freehill, who was made a Papal Countess by Pope Pius XI, following her active participation in the Sydney Eucharistic Congress in 1928.

Countess Freehill, who died at Lewisham private hospital was the widow of the late Francis Bede Freehill, founder of the Sydney legal firm, Freehill, Hollingdale, and Co. She was a generous benefactor of Catholic institutions and charities, and took a special interest in the Westmead Boys Home.

Among buildings which she endowed were the tower of St John's College, Sydney University, of which her husband had been a Fellow, and the Seretti Memorial Chapel at the Catholic Seminary, Manly.

The funeral will leave for Waverley Cemetery to-day, after a requiem mass at St Mary's Cathedral at 9 a.m.

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  • Molony, Eileen Marie

Ballarat, Victoria, Australia


12 June, 1942 (aged ~ 84)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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