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Helen Hay Hunter Baillie (1815–1897)

The many friends of Mrs. Hunter-Baillie, widow of the late Mr. John Hunter-Baillie, will regret to learn that she died at her residence, 13 York-street, Sydney, about a quarter to 4 yesterday afternoon. The deceased lady, who was 78 years of age, had only been confined to her bed about a fortnight with an attack of pleuro pneumonia, her medical attendant being Dr. Scot Skirvin. Mrs. Baillie was widely known and highly esteemed for her personal good qualities and her liberality to the poor and almost every charitable institution in the colony. As a memorial to her husband she erected the handsome Hunter-Baillie Presbyterian Church, Johnson-street, Annandale, which, together with the school adjoining, cost £30,000. The manse at Annandale, which is vested in the Rev. P. F. Mackenzie (pastor of the Church) for life, has also built at a cost of nearly £1000. She donated £2000 to the Sydney University, £1000 to St Andrew's College (within the Sydney University), and the sum of £500 to found a professorial chair of theology in connection with the Presbyterian Church. She was a member of the committee of the Children's Hospital at the Glebe and the Deaf, Dumb, and Blind Institution. The funeral will take place at Rookwood to-morrow afternoon. A funeral service will be held at her late residence at 1.30 p.m., the cortege leaving for the mortuary station at 1.45 p.m.

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  • Mackie, Helen Hay

9 October, 1815
Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland


18 May, 1897 (aged 81)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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