ARMITAGE, HUGH TRAILL (1881-1963), banker, was born on 17 February 1881 in
Colombo, Ceylon (Sri Lanka), son of Charles Cyrus Armitage (d.1897), merchant, and
his wife Dora Elizabeth (1858-1946), née Robertson. Born on 14 July 1858 at St
Clair, Michigan, United States of America, Dora was educated in England; she
married Charles on 18 January 1877 in Colombo. When his firm collapsed in 1882,
she took their four children to England where she learned to type. With the
youngest three children, she rejoined Charles in Sydney in 1887. His Australian
venture also failed and Dora supported the family by teaching typing. Her Ladies'
Type-writing Association won a special prize at the 1888 Exhibition of Women's
Industries in Sydney. Honorary treasurer (1896-97) and secretary (1897-99) of the
National Council of Women of New South Wales, she married Walter White Wingrove
Cooke in 1902 and spent most of her later life in England.
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