EMMA ELIZABETH SHAW (Shaw-9075)
PARENTS. William Edward Shaw & Emma Leigh (Coombe) Shaw
BIRTH. Abt. 1841, New South Wales, Australia
BIRTH. NSW BDM Birth Reg: #1018/1841 V18411018 28: SHAW EMMA E; Father: WILLIAM E; Mother: EMMA L
MARRIAGE. 3 Jul 1866, Raymond Terrace, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
MARRIAGE. NSW BDM Marriage Reg: #3008/1866: DIXSON HUGH; SHAW EMMA E; District of RAYMOND TERRACE
MARRIAGE. On the 3rd instant, by the Rev. Frederick Hibberd, at the residence of the bride's father, HUGH, eldest son of HUGH DIXSON, Esq., York-street, Sydney, to EMMA ELIZABETH, eldest daughter of EDWARD WILLIAM SHAW, Esq., Raymond Terrace.
DEATH. 12 Apr 1922, Abergeldie, Summer Hill, New South Wales, Australia
DEATH. NSW BDM Death Reg: #6312/1922: DIXSON EMMA E; Father: WILLIAM E; Mother: EMMA L; District of PETERSHAM
DEATH. DIXSON.—April 12, at Abergeldie, Summer Hill, Dame Emma Elizabeth, the beloved wife of Sir Hugh Dixson, in her 78th year.
OBITUARY. DEATH OF LADY DIXSON. The death occurred yesterday afternoon of Lady Dixson. the wife of Sir Hugh Dixson, at her residence, Abergeldie, Summer Hill. The late Lady Dixson, who was In her 78th year. was an Australian by birth, being a daughter of the late Mr. W. E. Shaw, and a sister of Mr. W. E. Shaw, of the Australian Tobacco Company.
Few women took a more prominent part in benevolent work than did Lady Dixson prior to the failure of her health some years ago. Even sickness did not deter her from continuing her good work, and, although not able to pursue it with that vigour which marked her earlier activities, her name was rarely absent from philanthropic lists.
Although essentially a lover of her home, and a firm believer in domestic efliciency, Lady Dixson devoted much of her time to work of a social and public nature. She was at one time president of the women's branch of the Empire League, and held the office of senior vice-president. She was a life governor and vice-president of the Queen Victoria Home, and president of the Sydney Medical Mission. She was also a life governor of the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, the Consumptives' Homes, and the Infants' Home, Ashfield.
Lady Dixson was the only woman patron of the Veterans' Home, and in addition rendered valuable assistance to the City, Mission and other charitable institutions.
To the Women's Hospital, Crown-street, no one has boon more generous than Lady Dixson. At different times she and her husband have contributed upwards of £2000. The isolation wards attached to the hospital were originally built by and named after them, and recently they generously added a large semi open air pavilion providing for an additional eight patients in this department.
As stated above, Lady Dixson was an ardent lover of home life, and devoted most of her time in her earlier married life to the care of her children and the supervision of domestic affairs. She was the mother of four daughters and three sons, and her daughters were trained to take the same interest in household affairs as she did herself.
The late Lady Dixson, In addition to her numerous public benefactions, performed a number of philanthropic acts which were never made public, but which won for her the admiration and gratitude of all classes of people. She was an enthusiastic collector of rare china, and numbered among her most treasured possessions a tea service which belonged to Marie Antoinette..
She is survived by her husband and the following children:—Messrs. William and Robert Dixson, Mrs. Ronald Keep, Mrs. H. S. Eaton, Mrs. C. R. Thornett, and Mrs. Chester Wells.
The funeral of the late Lady Dixson will take place this afternoon, when the remains will be Interred in the Baptist portion of the Rookwood Cemetery. A service, commencing at 12.45 p.m., will be held at her late residence, at tho conclusion of which the funeral cortege will leave for the Summer Hill station. A special train will leave the Central Railway Station, No. 7 platform, at 1.50 p.m., calling at Lewisham, Summer Hill, and Strathfield, only.
Death of Spouse: 10 May 1926, Colombo, Ceylon
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