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Kate Menzies (1866–1946)

Mrs James [Kate] Menzies, widow of the late Mr James Menzies, former MLA for Lowan, and mother of Mr R. G. Menzies, Federal Opposition leader, died at her home, 65 Wellington st. Kew, early yesterday morning. She was aged 80 years.

Mrs Menzies and her husband were associated in the pioneering days of the Mallee. The late Mr James Menzies was a storekeeper at Jeparit for more than 30 years from 1894, and for about 10 years was member for Lowan in the State Parliament, chairman of the Railway Standing Committee, and a leading spirit in all progressive movements in the Mallee.

After coming to Melbourne 20 years ago Mrs Menzies took a keen interest in the work of the Presbyterian Church at Kew. She was also an active worker on the women's auxiliary of the Menzies Home for Boys at Frankston.

Mrs Menzies leaves a family of four sons and one daughter–Messrs J. L. Menzies, Frank Menzies, R. G. Menzies, MP, and S. K. Menzies, and Mrs Isabel Green.

A telegram expressing condolences to the family has been received from Mr Chifley, Prime Minister.

The funeral will take place at Box Hill Cemetery this afternoon, leaving the home in Wellington st. Kew, at 3.30pm.

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  • Sampson, Kate



30 June, 1946 (aged ~ 80)
Kew, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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