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Harriet Frances Hepburn (1841–1923)

Mrs. G. S. Hepburn, [Harriet Frances] who died at Ivanhoe on Tuesday, was one of Victoria's earliest colonists. Her father, Mr. Alfred Wheatley, came to Tasmania as tutor to the sons of Governor Arthur, and in 1838 married a daughter of the Rev. J. Emblem, D.D., at Hobart. Mrs. Hepburn was born at Melbourne in 1841. She married Mr. G. S. Hepburn, a son of Captain Hepburn, of Smeaton, and for many years lived at Smeaton, and later at Mornington. Three daughters — Lady Purey-Cust, Miss Elaine Hepburn, and Mrs. Macgeorge — and a son, Major G. S. Hepburn, M.C., survive her. She was interred yesterday in the family cemetery at Smeaton.

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'Hepburn, Harriet Frances (1841–1923)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 25 June 2024.

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Alternative Names
  • Wheatley, Harriet Frances

5 December, 1841
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


4 September, 1923 (aged 81)
Ivanhoe, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

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