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Irene Fairbairn : 27-February-2012
Irene Fairbairn : 27-February-2012

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A stained glass window commemorates Irene Fairbairn (1899-1974), a Girl Guide Commissioner.

Guiding was in its infancy in Australia when Mrs Fairbairn joined the Beaufort-Skipton Association in 1922. She became first secretary there in 1924 and was divisional commissioner (1925-38) for the Ballarat and Beaufort districts. 

She sat on the Victorian executive-committee from the 1930s and served as State Commissioner in 1958-63. Honorary secretary (1938-47) of the Federal Council of the Girl Guides' Association of Australia, Fairbairn was Federal Commissioner (1947-52) and chief commissioner for Australia (1952-55). In 1969 she was appointed life vice-president. Fairbairn represented the Australian guide movement at six world conferences between 1926 and 1969.

She played the organ on Sundays at Christ Church, Skipton.


Address:Montgomery Street, Christ Church, Skipton, 3361
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.687003
Long: 143.369531
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Window
Monument Theme:People


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1992
Front Inscription

Girl Guides

Faith Hope and Love

"The Kingdom of  God belongs to such as these

A.M.D.G. and in loving memory of Irene Florence Fairbairn C.B.E. (nee Ridley)

1899 - 1974 of Banongil


Source: MA , ADB
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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