Frances Fitzgerald Elmes (23 April 1867 – 1919) was a British-Australian feminist writer and columnist based in Melbourne and London.
Frances Fitzgerald Elmes was born in Somerset, England, 23 April 1867. She emigrated to Australia with her family and was raised in Berwick, Victoria, where her father was a medical practitioner. She became a journalist and wrote for The Australasian , The Argus and, after returning to England in 1905, the British Australasian. Her columns, short stories, two books and a play appeared under a variety of pen names, including F. F. Elmes, Frances Fitzgerald, F. F., and Frances Fitzgerald Fawkner.
In London, Elmes established a relationship with the British Australasian's editor, Charles Henry Chomley (who was married to her close friend Ethel Chomley), during which she is reported to have had two children, a son in 1906 and a daughter in 1908. The relationship was apparently accepted by Chomley's wife and mother.
Elmes died in London in 1919 during the Spanish flu epidemic. After her death, her children were brought up by their father and his wife.
The Argus was an Australian daily morning newspaper in Melbourne from 1846 to 1957. It was considered to be the general Australian newspaper of record for this period. Widely known as a conservative newspaper for most of its history, it adopted a left-leaning approach from 1949. The Argus's main competitor was David Syme's more liberal-minded newspaper, The Age.
William Merric Boyd, known more as Merric Boyd, was an Australian artist, active as a ceramicist, sculptor, and extensive chronicling of his family and environs in pencil drawing. He held the fine mythic distinction of being the father of Australian studio pottery.
Georgiana Huntly McCrae was an English-Australian painter and diarist.
The Boyd family is an Australian family whose members over several generations contributed to the arts in the fields of painting, sculpture, pottery, ceramics, literature, architecture, poetry and music. The Boyd family is considered an artistic dynasty.
Dr Brenda Mary Niall is an Australian biographer, literary critic and journalist. She is particularly noted for her work on Australia's well-known Boyd family of artists and writers. Educated at Genazzano FCJ College, in Kew, Victoria, and the University of Melbourne, Niall began writing during her time as Reader in the Department of English at Monash University.
Martin à Beckett Boyd was an Australian writer born into the à Beckett–Boyd family, a family synonymous with the establishment, the judiciary, publishing and literature, and the visual arts since the early 19th century in Australia.
Jennings Carmichael was an Australian poet and nurse.
Dame Mabel Brookes, DBE was an Australian community worker, activist, socialite, writer, historian, memoirist and humanitarian. Born Mabel Balcombe Emmerton in Raveloe, South Yarra, Victoria in 1890, her best-known service was as president of the Queen Victoria Hospital from 1923 to 1970, where she presided over the addition of three new wings within ten years.
Simon Fraser Jr was an Australian sportsman who was an Olympic rower and played high-level Australian rules football. In football he played with Essendon and University in the Victorian Football League (VFL). As a rower he represented Australia at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics and was a member of the first Australian eight to win the Grand Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta. In ice hockey he played for the Beavers Ice Hockey Club, one of the four founding teams in the newly founded Victorian Amateur Ice Hockey Association.
Philip Hughes Callan was an Australian rules footballer who played for Essendon and South Melbourne in the Victorian Football League (VFL).
Violet Mount was an Australian soprano, active in Australia from at least 1902 and afterwards in Britain from 1908, where she performed as L'Incognita.
Nicholas Fitzgerald was an Australian brewer, company director and politician. He was co-founder of the Castlemaine brewery in Melbourne, chairman of directors of the Castlemaine Brewery Company (Melbourne) and a member of the Victorian Legislative Council from 1864 until 1907.
Charles Henry Chomley was an Australian farmer, barrister, writer, and journalist. His non-fiction and fiction works alike reflected his strong interest and involvement in politics and law.
Marion Lilian "Lily" Addison was an Australian tennis player.
Lilian Turner was an Australian writer.
Hussey Malone Chomley was an Irish-born police officer who joined the police force in the colony of Victoria in 1852, and served for fifty years, including twenty years as chief commissioner from 1882 to 1902. He was the first chief commissioner to be appointed from the ranks of the police force itself.
Fanny Simonsen, also written Fannie Simonsen, was a French soprano singer who had a substantial career on the Australian stage, later a concert manager with her violinist husband Martin Simonsen. Several daughters and one grand-daughter, Frances Alda, were first-rate singers.
Patricia Downes Chomley was the first director of postgraduate nursing education at the College of Nursing, Australia, CNA, in December 1949 and would remain in that position until 1964. The CNA was located in Melbourne and its establishment in Victoria was marred by a division with the New South Wales College of Nursing which refused to acknowledge the CNA in Melbourne as anything other than a Victorian organisation. This division was to last until 1992 when the two colleges signed a working agreement to recognise each other's membership. There had been considerable cooperation between the two colleges over the decades in relation to the courses they offered to nurses. Chomley was the daughter of Francis Charles Chomley and Mary Aileen Charlotte. Francis (Frank) Charles Chomley was a surveyor employed by the Victorian Government. Frank Chomley and his wife were the owners of a property known as Glenelva, Helena Avenue, Kallista, from about 1921. Patricia Chomley's grandfather was William Downes Chomley who was appointed as '...territorial magistrate in the colony of Victoria in 1859.' Violet Ida Chomley, a sister to Frank and aunt to Patricia, studied at the Universirty of Melbourne and gained a Master's degree in 1893. After teaching in secondary schools in Australia and England Violet was elected to the Bedford Town Council in 1936.
George Benjamin William Lewis commonly referred to as G. B. W. Lewis, or G. B. Lewis, was an English circus performer, later a circus and theatre entrepreneur in Australia.
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