White, Vera (1891-1978)

Also known as
Deakin, Vera (1891-1978)
White, Vera Deakin, (OBE) (1891-1978)
White, Vera Deakin (1891-1978)
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Charity Worker; Red Cross worker
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Vera Deakin White (1891-1978), Red Cross worker, was born on 25 December 1891 at South Yarra, Melbourne, third and youngest daughter of Victorian-born parents Alfred Deakin, barrister and later prime minister,...

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Vera White (née Deakin) the daughter of Australian Prime Minister Alfred Deakin and his philanthropic wife Pattie was appointed an Officer of the British Empire for her work with the Red Cross during the First World War. She received her award on 15 March 1918.

Vera Deakin was born at "Llanarth" South Yarra, the youngest of the three daughters of Alfred and Pattie Deakin. She was educated first by her aunt - Catherine (Katie) Deakin who was an accomplished pianist. Vera then attended the Melbourne Church of England Girl's Grammar School. She also studied the 'cello and singing'. In 1913 she travelled with her aunt as chaperone to Berline and Budapest where she was a student at the Singing School and conservatorium of Music.

During World War I, in 1915 with Winifred Johnson, she sailed to Cairo and set up, organised and administered the 'Wounded and Missing Enquiry Bureau' of the Australian Red Cross Society. In 1916, when Australian troops were sent to the Western Front, Vera and Winifred sailed to London, Vera with assistance of many Australian and English women including Lilian Whybrow (later Scantlebury) transferred the Bureau of London. Vera was awarded the OBE for her work. This was the first ever civilian list. She worked there (voluntarily) until 1919 when she became engaged to Captain T W White of the Australian Flying Corps (the only Australian to have escaped from a Turkish prisoner-of-war camp). In 1919 she returned home to Melbourne as her father was ill, he died in October 1919.

Thomas White and Vera Deakin were married in March 1920, there were four daughters of the marriage - Lilian (Bennett) 1921-2002, Patricia (Sharp) 1923-, Shirley (Wadman) 1925-, Judith (Harley) 1929-. From 1929 Thomas White was a Federal member of Parliament. His wife Vera did a great deal for the constituents of his electorate (Balaclava, now Goldstein), particularly when her husband was overseas in the RAAF in World War II.

Besides caring for her daughters, Vera was from 1931-39 a very active member of the Board of Management of the (Royal) Children's Hospital and President of the Auxiliaries. She help to found with (Lady) Ella Latham the Victorian Society for Crippled Children and Adults at the of the polio epidemic. Later she became president 1961-66, then Vice-president in 1966 and worked on their committees until she was in her late 80's. She was a member of the Limbless Soldiers Melba Welfare Trust from 1930. In 1935 she took her mother Pattie Deakin's place as Trustee of the Sir Samuel McCaughey Bequest for the education of the children of deceased or incapacitated soldiers. She was the founder and President of The Anzac Fellowship of the Women of Victoria from its inauguration in 1935 until the 1950's and then again from the 1960's until her death. She was for many years on the Council of the Melbourne Church of England Girls' Grammar School.

Prior to World War II she helped the Victorian Division of Red Cross organise Emergency Training Groups and helped put in motion the mobilisation plans is 1939 all over Victoria. She with Lilian Scantlebury were Divisional Commandants and Honorary Directors of the Inquiry Bureau, as well as the Prisoner of War Department and Message Service to Occupied Europe from 1939-46. She was Vice-Chairman of the Society from 1949-51when she went to London when her husband was appointed Australian High Commissioner in London. While in London she was on the Council for the Care of Cripples and represented Australian Red Cross at conferences. With her husband she promoted and supported the Australian Musical Association in London, and she and her husband were instrumental in the appointment of the first Social worker at Australia House. Sir Thomas died in 1957 in Melbourne and Vera again became involved with Red Cross as a member of the Committee of the Red Cross Welfare Service and the first Chairman of the Committee for Music in Mental Hospitals. She also became patron of the Astra Music Society at its inception. She died at her home in South Yarra aged 87 in 1978 and was cremated.

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Australian Women's Register

  1. White, Vera Deakin
    Published: National Foundation for Australian Women
    Series: IspartOf The Australian Women's Register
  2. White, Vera Deakin (1891-1978)
    Rickard, John
    [2006]
    Published: National Centre of Biography, Australian National University
    Series: IspartOf Australian Dictionary of Biography
  3. Faith, Hope and Charity Australian Women and Imperial Honours: 1901-1989
    Australian Women's Archives Project
    [2003]
    Published: Australian Women's Archives Project
  4. Unsung heroes : Australia's military medical personnel
    Australian War Memorial
    Series: IspartOf 1918 Australians in FranceAustralian War Memorial
  5. Who's Who in Australia 1950
    Alexander, Joseph A
    [Melbourne]
    Published: The Herald
  6. Letters from Stella, Catherine and Pattie Deakin, 1909-1914 [manuscript]
    [0.04 m : 1909 - 1914]
    Series: National Library of Australia, Manuscript Collection
    Folder 1: Letters to Vera Deakin from Stella, written whilst Stella was overseas in 1909-1910. Folder 2: Stella's "diary" (written in semi-letter form), 1909-1910; letters to Vera Deakin from Stella, Pattie and Catherine, 1913. Folder 3: Letters to Vera Deakin from Catherine and Stella, 1909-1914, including a letter from Catherine discussing the assassination of the Austrian Archduke Ferdinand in 1914 (incomplete). Folder 4: Two tape reels containing recording of a talk about the Deakin Family made on 28 November 196?.
    MS 9056
  7. Papers on various Australian women [19--] [manuscript]
    [267 pages ]
    Series: National Library of Australia, Manuscript Collection
    Manuscript drafts of biographical papers on the following: Anderson, Mary (11 p.); Brennan, Jennie (7 p.); Couchman, Dame Elizabeth May Ramsay (13 p.); Deakin's daughters, Brookes and Ivy Deakin; Rivett, Stella (Deakin) Lady; White, Vera (Deakin) Lady (14 p.); Goldstein, Vida (21 p.); Holman, May (16 p.); James, Britomarte (23 p.); Lyons, Dame Enid (17 p.); Rich, Ruby (19 p.); Rischbieth, Bessie Mabel (36 p.); Sweet, Georgina (22 p.); Waterworth, Edith (16 p.); Woinarski, Gertrude Zichy- (10 p.); Young, Jeanne (10 p.).
    MS 842
  8. Papers of Alfred Deakin, 1804-1973 (bulk 1880-1919) [manuscript]
    [26.75 m : 1804 - 1973]
    Series: National Library of Australia, Manuscript Collection
    MS 1540 comprises correspondence, diaries, notebooks, legal briefs, press cuttings, pamphlets, books, official documents and publications, menus, programmes, literary manuscripts, bills, receipts, photographs and tourist publications. Alfred Deakin corresponded with international, national, state and local politicians, Sir Edmund Barton among them. The collection documents the moves towards Federation and the early Commonwealth ministries. Correspondents also include Lord Tennyson, Lord Northcote, R.E. O'Connor, Richard Jebb, L.S. Amery, R.M. Collins, Sir Walter James, Sir William Lyne, Arthur Jose, David Syme, B.R. Wise, Sir Samuel Griffith, Sir Josiah Symon, Sir John Quick and Hubert Murray. Family papers include letters from Deakin's parents, sister (Catherine), wife, daughters and son-in-law Herbert Brookes (85 boxes, 33 security binders, 9 fol. Boxes, 7 fol. Packets).
    MS 1540
  9. Vera Deakin White

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  1. Letters from Stella, Catherine and Pattie Deakin
    White, Vera, 1891-1978
    [ Unpublished : 1909-1914 ]
    At National Library
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  2. Vera Deakin White interviewed by Tom Harley
    White, Vera, 1891-1978
    [ Sound : 1970 ]
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    Vera Deakin White interviewed by Tom Harley
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  3. Papers of Howard E. Williams
    Williams, Howard E. (Howard Ernest), 1910-
    [ Unpublished : 1878-1969 ]
    At National Library
    Papers of Howard E. Williams
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  1. Letters from Stella, Catherine and Pattie Deakin
    White, Vera, 1891-1978
    [ Unpublished : 1909-1914 ]
    At National Library
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  2. Portrait of Vera Deakin [2]
    [ Photograph : 1865-1930 ]
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    Portrait of Vera Deakin [2]
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  3. Vera Deakin in Germany, 10 September, 1913
    [ Photograph : 1913 ]
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    Vera Deakin in Germany, 10 September, 1913
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  4. Portrait of Vera Deakin
    [ Photograph : 1865-1930 ]
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    Portrait of Vera Deakin
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  5. Vera Deakin White interviewed by Tom Harley
    White, Vera, 1891-1978
    [ Sound : 1970 ]
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    Vera Deakin White interviewed by Tom Harley
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  6. Papers of Howard E. Williams
    Williams, Howard E. (Howard Ernest), 1910-
    [ Unpublished : 1878-1969 ]
    At National Library
    Papers of Howard E. Williams
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  7. Ivy Brookes[?] and Vera White[?], daughters of Alfred Deakin, standing in front of a monument naming a reserve in his honour, ca. 1940s / J.D. Gordon
    Gordon, J.D., photographer
    [ Photograph : 1940 ]
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    Ivy Brookes[?] and Vera White[?], daughters of Alfred Deakin, standing in front of a monument naming a reserve in his honour, ca. 1940s / J.D. Gordon
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  8. Letters of Rex Nan Kivell addressed to Lady Vera White
    Nan Kivell, Rex, 1898-1977
    [ Unpublished : 1972-1975 ]
    At National Library
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    ... White, Noel ... White, Lily ... Settlement (today’s Marribank), near Katanning, when Noel and Lily White were the teachers and ... ’ drawings were unique and beautiful art works. However, all except Vera Wallam’s splendid ...
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  1. NOTICE of intended distribution.—Any person having any claim upon the estate of VERA RUBY WHITE, late of Cremorne,
    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Friday 17 May 1985 [Issue No.82] p 2207

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    ... NOTICE of intended distribution.—Any penon having any daim upon the estate of VERA RUBY WHITE, late ... 98 words
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  2. Between Vera Victoria Welch, plaintiff; and Alfred Amos Welch, defendant.
    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Friday 31 May 1929 [Issue No.70] p 2326

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    ... 1929. No. of Writ, 462 of 1929. Between Vera Victoria Welch, plaintiff; and Alfred Amos Welch ... B3078G8. Terms, Cash. Dated this twenty-fourth day 'of May, A.D. 1929. (L.s.) W. WHITE, * Registrar of the ... 167 words
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  3. NOTICE of intended distribution of estate.—Any person having any claim upon the estate of VERA ESTELLE HERON, late of
    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Friday 2 August 1985 [Issue No.112] p 4068

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    ... NOTICE of intended distribution of estate.—Any person having any claim upon the estate of VERA ... send particulars of his claim to the executor, Jack Heron, care of Messrs Nevin E. White & Halbert ... 125 words
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  1. Portrait of Vera Deakin [2]
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    [ Photograph : 1865-1930 ]
    Portrait of Vera Deakin
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    Ivy Brookes[?] and Vera White[?], daughters of Alfred Deakin, standing in front of a monument naming a reserve in his honour, ca. 1940s / J.D. Gordon
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    Brookes family
    [ Photograph : 1910 ]
    Vera Deakin (centre) and two unidentified ladies
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    [ Photograph : 1910 ]
    Vera and Catherine Deakin with Ivy Deakin Brookes in the Arilpa 'music' room
  1. VERA.
    Goulburn Evening Penny Post (NSW : 1881 - 1940) Saturday 28 May 1892 p 8 Article
    ... than he had imagined. Hie sent for the girl who called herself Vera Rivers and found her perfectly self ... -possessed and ready to answer any questions he might put to her. As to her identity as Vera Rivers there was no ... 5498 words
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  2. VERA.
    Goulburn Evening Penny Post (NSW : 1881 - 1940) Saturday 30 April 1892 p 8 Article
    ... VERA. 'Not yet, my dear,' said the squire, laying his big fatherly hand on her head and stroking it ... 'and irntellect, and the hands were well shaped' and: white. . ' That woman has a history,':he said to ... 7707 words
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  3. VERA.
    Goulburn Evening Penny Post (NSW : 1881 - 1940) Saturday 9 July 1892 p 8 Article
    ... ?' " . ' .... ' The daughter of Sir Darcie's brother,. the one who died-a lady calling herself Vera Rivers--she is Mrs ... .' ' Vera Rivers ?' . . SYes.'- ' 'And she has dared to put inoa claim to Milverstone ?' ". ' And to get it ... 6373 words
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  1. MARGOLIOUTH, Vera
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  2. Murder/suicide Vera & John Kirk Kimber
    Murder/suicide Vera & John Kirk Kimber
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  3. ANDERSON Arthur John and Annabella (nee White)
    ANDERSON Arthur John and Annabella (nee White)
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    Article pertaining to Arthur John "Mick" Anderson and Annabella "Ann" White and children, Mary Jean Anderson and Arthur John "Sandy" Anderson. Daughter, Joan is listed in a separate list with her hus...

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  1. Vera Deakin White 25th December, 1891 to 9th August, 1978 : a service of thanksgiving
    Christ Church, South Yarra
    [ Book : 1978 ]
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  2. Vera Vera Vera / Hayley Squires
    Squires, Hayley
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  3. Vera Brittain : a life / Paul Berry and Mark Bostridge
    Berry, Paul, 1919-
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    Vera Brittain : a life / Paul Berry and Mark Bostridge
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  4. The Sky's the limit : a residential seminar for tertiary students with disabilities ; Vera White Disability Resource Centre, Deakin University, 14-16 July 1989 ; seminar papers
    Deakin University. Vera White Disability Resource Centre
    [ Book : 1989 ]
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  1. Joe and Vera White Divorcing (14 June 1922)
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  2. VERA WHITE IN LOS ANGELES. (24 August 1921)
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    VERA WHITE IN LOS ANGELES. (24 August 1921)
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  3. Vera Dwyer (19 June 1928)
    The Australian woman's mirror.
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    Vera Dwyer (19 June 1928)
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  4. The day the Jackal hunted Vera Lynn.(WORLD)
    The Australian (National, Australia)
    [ Article : 1998 ]
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  1. WHITE (nee DEAKIN), Vera
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  2. Vera Whittington papers
    Whittington, Vera, 1915-2013
    [ Unpublished : 1894-2007 ]
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  3. [Biographical cuttings on Vera Deakin White, daughter of Alfred Deakin, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
    [ Published : 1900-1990 ]
    At National Library
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  1. Vera Lynn
    Lynn, Vera
    [ Sound : 1962-1990 ]
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  2. At 92 Vera Lynn charms again
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation. News
    [ Sound : 2009 ]
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    At 92 Vera Lynn charms again
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  3. Silver memories : our Vera : the Vera Lynn songbook / Vera Lynn
    Lynn, Vera
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  4. Vera Lynn 100 / Vera Lynn
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    [ Sound, Poster, chart, other : 2017-2018 ]
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  1. Robinson's modern school atlas of the world / compiled & published by H.E.C. Robinson Pty. Ltd
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    [ Book, Map : 1940 ]
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    Robinson's modern school atlas of the world / compiled & published by H.E.C. Robinson Pty. Ltd
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