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Brookes [née Emmerton], Dame Mabel Balcombe (1890–1975), socialite and charity worker, was born on 15 June 1890 at Raveloe, South Yarra, Melbourne, Australia, the only child of Harry Emmerton (1845–1927), an English born solicitor, and his wife, Alice Mabel Maude (1865–1923), a daughter of ...

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Hanbury [née Sanderson], Elizabeth (1793–1901), philanthropist and centenarian, was born in Leadenhall Street in the City of London on 9 June 1793. She was the younger daughter of John Sanderson (1750–1816), a tea merchant, formerly of Armthorp, Yorkshire, and his second wife, ...

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Hartley, Henry Robinson (1777–1850), eccentric and philanthropist, was born on 12 November 1777 in Southampton, second and only surviving child of Henry Hartley (1731–1800) and his wife, Susanna, née Lavender (1742–1821). His father inherited a prosperous wine business from a childless uncle, George Robinson...

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Hollond [née Teed], Ellen Julia (1822–1884), salon hostess, philanthropist, and author, was born at Madras on 28 September 1822, only child of the lawyer Thomas Teed (1797–1843) and his Scottish wife, Julia Jane Jordan (1800–1866), afterwards Lushington. Sent to England at an early age, she was later joined by her parents, who in 1835 bought ...

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Kydd, Frances Ruth Burke Shand [née Frances Ruth Roche; other married name Frances Ruth Spencer] (1936–2004), voluntary worker, was born on 20 January 1936 at Park House, Sandringham, Norfolk, the second of two daughters of (Edmund) Maurice Burke Roche, fourth Baron Fermoy...

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Julia Prinsep Stephen (1846–1895) by Julia Margaret Cameron, 1867 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Stephen [née Jackson], Julia Prinsep (1846–1895), celebrated beauty and philanthropist, the second wife of Leslie Stephen (1832–1904), was born on 7 February 1846, in Calcutta, India, the youngest of the three daughters of John Jackson MD (1804–1887) and his wife, Maria (1818–1892)...

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Georgina Cowper- Temple, Lady Mount-Temple (1821?–1901) by Robert Thorburn The Collection of Pictures, Helmingham Hall. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Temple, Georgina Cowper- [née Georgina Tollemache], Lady Mount-Temple (1821?–1901), religious enthusiast, was born on 8 October, probably in 1821 in Ireland, the ninth daughter and twelfth child of Admiral Richard Delap Halliday (1772–1837), who in 1821 assumed the name and arms of ...