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Eleanor Vokes MacKinnon (1871–1936)

Eleanor Vokes MacKinnon

Eleanor Vokes Irby MacKinnon (1871-1936), Red Cross leader, was born on 8 February 1871 at Tenterfield, New South Wales, only daughter and sixth of thirteen children of Glentworth Walsh Fraser Addison, police magistrate, and his Sydney-born wife Ellen, née Campbell. Her father, from Manchester, England, was directly descended from Joseph Addison, the essayist. The family moved to Sydney in 1882 and Eleanor attended the Clergy Daughters' School, Waverley, and Sydney Girls' High School with Louise...

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William Henderson (1826–1884)

William Henderson (1826-1884), clergyman, was born on 5 December 1826 at Dalserf, Lanarkshire, Scotland, the eldest son of William Henderson, farmer, and his wife Margaret, née Hamilton. He studied divinity...

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