Latham, Eleanor Mary, (Lady) (1878-1964)

Also known as
Latham, Eleanor Mary, (Lady, CBE) (1878-1964)
Latham, Eleanor Mary (1878-1964)
Latham, Ella (1878-1964)
Field of activity
Community Worker; Charity Worker
NLA Persistent Identifier
https://nla.gov.au/nla.party-743086

Biographies

Lady Eleanor Mary (Ella) Latham (1878-1964), charity worker, was born on 10 October 1878 at Northcote, Melbourne, only child of English-born parents, Richard Tobin and his wife Fanny Louisa, née Matthews,...

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Lady Latham was president of the Royal Children's Hospital management committee from 1933 until 1954, and founding president of the Victorian Society for Crippled Children in 1936. On 1 January 1954, Lady Latham was appointed to the Order of the British Empire - Commander (Civil) for services to children.

Named Eleanor Mary but always called Ella was the only child of teachers (Richard and Fanny (née Matthews) Tobin who taught at Northcote State School, in Victoria as well as being involved in Northcote community affairs. She was educated at University High and the University of Melbourne, from which she graduated in 1902 with an Arts degree.

Latham worked as a teacher and in 1905 co-authored with Jessie Webb a poetry text On 19 December 1907 she married John Greig Latham (later Rt. Hon. Sir) and they had three children. Their eldest son died during the World War II and their daughter Freda died from complications of diabetes.

In 1912 Latham was a foundation member of the Lyceum club, a new club for women graduates and other women who had distinguished themselves in art, music, literature, philanthropy or public service. She became it's tenth president in 1925. She was also foundation president of the Hawthorn branch of the Children's Hospital auxiliary, in 1923, and was invited to join the committee of management, a position she resigned from in 1926. Latham rejoined the committee in 1932 and became president in 1933 (retiring 1954). During her term as president she guided the Children's Hospital through the transmission from a charity hospital to a teaching hospital.

  • Inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women

View the full record at Australian Women's Register

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Australian Women's Register

  • (Organisation) The Catalysts' Society (1910 - )

    <p>One of the original 19 members of 'The Catalysts'</p>

  • (Organisation) Lyceum Club (Melbourne) (1912 - )
  • (Person) Mackinnon, Una (Patricia) (1911 - 2009)

    <p>In 1949 Ella Latham invited Patricia Mackinnon to join the Royal Children's Hospital committee of management.</p>

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Australian Women's Register

  1. Latham, Eleanor Mary (Ella)
    Published: National Foundation for Australian Women
    Series: IspartOf The Australian Women's Register
  2. The Encyclopedia of Women and Leadership in Twentieth-Century Australia
    Smart, Judith and Swain, Shurlee (eds.)
    [2014]
    Published: Australian Women's Archives Project
  3. Phases of literature from Pope to Browning: prose and verse selections
    Webb, Jessie S and Latham, Ella M
    [Melbourne]
    Published: T C Lothian
  4. Latham, Eleanor Mary (1878-1964)
    Williams, Howard
    [2006]
    Published: National Centre of Biography, Australian National University
    Series: IspartOf Australian Dictionary of Biography
  5. From charity to teaching hospital : Ella Latham's presidency 1933-1954, the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne
    Williams, Howard E
    [Glenroy, Vic.]
    Published: Book Generation
  6. Faith, Hope and Charity Australian Women and Imperial Honours: 1901-1989
    Australian Women's Archives Project
    [2003]
    Published: Australian Women's Archives Project
  7. Jessie Webb, a memoir
    Ridley, Ronald T
    [Parkville, Vic.]
    Published: University of Melbourne, Department of History
  8. Who's Who in Australia 1962
    Alexander, Joseph A
    [Melbourne]
    Published: Colorgravure Publications
  9. Guide to the Papers of Howard E. Williams
    National Library of Australia
    Published: National Library of Australia
  10. The Royal Children's Hospital: A History of Faith, Science and Love
    Yule, Peter
    [Rushcutters Bay, NSW]
    Published: Halstead Press
  11. Who's Who of Australian Women
    Lofthouse, Andrea
    [North Ryde (NSW)]
    Published: Methuen Australia
  12. Victorian Women's Roll of Honour: Women Shaping the Nation
    [2001]
    Published: Century of Federation Victoria
  13. Family papers, 1879-[1971?] [manuscript]
    [1.4 m : 1879 - 1971?]
    Series: National Library of Australia, Manuscript Collection
    A large collection of correspondence, especially between Sir John and Lady Latham and childhood correspondence of Sir John Latham; also correspondence of Richard, Freda and Peter Latham. There are family documents, certificates of honours and awards, invitations, photographs and newsclippings. A folio contains 4 photo albums including one recording Sir John's term in Japan.
    MS 6409
  14. Papers of Sir John Latham, 1856-1964 (bulk 1890-1964) [manuscript]
    [22.51 m : 1856 - 1964]
    Series: National Library of Australia, Manuscript Collection
    MS 1009 comprises correspondence, notes, speeches, diaries, minute books, account books, cuttings, photographs, pamphlets, official publications, invitations, menus, programs, receipts, bills, tourist publications and other material relating to Sir John Latham's career, family, early life and numerous non-vocational activities (117 boxes, 3 fol. boxes, 2 elephant folios).
    MS 1009
  15. Papers of Howard E. Williams, 1878-1969, (bulk 1907-1969) [manuscript]
    [0.1 m, 6 folders : 1878 - 1969]
    Series: National Library of Australia, Manuscript Collection
    The papers were assembled by Williams while researching for his book entitled: "From charity to teaching hospital: Ella Latham's presidency 1933-1954, the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne." The collection includes: 1. Correspondence, 1929-1955. Letters of Sir John and Lady Latham to Sir Thomas and Lady White. They contain family news and some comments on the social life in Melbourne and London. Also included is a letter by Douglas Galbraith to Lady White relating to his involvement in Rehabilitation Centres in Australia. 2. Cuttings relating to Sir John Latham's Career, 1934, 1940, 1969. 3. 11 black and white and sepia photographs of the Latham family. 4. Copies of marriage and birth certificates of Latham and Tobin (Lady Latham's parents), 1878,1907-1923. 5. A copy of a broadcast address by Sir John Latham 29 June 1933. 6. Miscellaneous printed items containing Latham's addresses, speeches, reports and publication "Education and war.".
    MS 8131

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