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Vera Deakin : 14-November-2011
Vera Deakin : 14-November-2011

Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders

A tree commemorates Vera Deakin, Lady White (1871-1978).

Vera Deakin was the founder of the Australian Wounded and Missing Inquiry Bureau in the First World War, at South Yarra, Melbourne. Her father, Alfred, later became Prime Minister.

She was in London when the First World War began and quickly turned her energies to war work. Returning to Australia, she joined the local branch of the British Red Cross Society and studied nursing. Against the wishes of her parents, Deakin sought a role for herself in war work overseas and was encouraged by the Red Cross in Cairo to travel to Egypt as soon as possible.

She arrived in Port Said on 20 October 1915 and, the following day, opened the Wounded and Missing Inquiry Bureau - an organisation devoted to finding information on behalf of the relatives of Australian soldiers then fighting at Gallipoli.Peopled mainly by volunteers, the Bureau grew in size until it was dealing with up to 25,000 requests for information a year. Deakin was awarded the OBE in 1918.


Address:St Kilda Road, Kings Domain, Melbourne, 3000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.827778
Long: 144.973611
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Tree
Monument Theme:People


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Vera Deakin White 1891-1978 remembered by the ANZAC Fellowship of Women

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