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Lady Gertrude Frances Madden (1854–1925)

The news of the death of Lady [Gertrude Frances] Madden, which occurred at Melbourne Mansions on Saturday afternoon, will be received throughout Victoria with expressions of deep regret. Lady Madden, who was the daughter of the late Mr Frank Stephen, for many years solicitor to the City of Melbourne, was married to the late Sir John Madden in 1872. After the appointment of her husband as Lieutenant-Governor in 1899, Lady Madden took a leading place in the social life of Victoria, and she assisted him materially in the social side of his work.

For many years Lady Madden had been president of the Austral Salon, which position she occupied at her death. She was instrumental in founding the Bush Nursing Association and was a former president of the Alexandra Club, of which she was one of the earliest members. Her memory will be long revered for charitable and philanthropic activities. Lady Madden leaves a son, Captain Guy Madden, and the following married daughters:— Mrs Harry Osborne (N.S.W.), Mrs C.V. Vallange (London), Mrs. Pat. Osborne (Currandooley, N.S.W.), Mrs M.H. Baillieu and Mrs Loui Nelken.

The remains of the late Lady Madden were privately interred yesterday afternoon in the Melbourne General Cemetery.

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'Madden, Lady Gertrude Frances (1854–1925)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 25 June 2024.

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Alternative Names
  • Stephen, Gertrude Frances

Elsternwick, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


12 July, 1925 (aged ~ 71)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

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