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Macfarlane, Edith Mary (1871–1948)

Macfarlane, Edith Mary (1871–1948)

New Zealand community worker. Name variations: Edith Mary Durrieu. Born Edith Mary Durrieu, May 20, 1871, at Torquay, Devonshire, England; died on Dec 2, 1948, in Auckland, New Zealand; dau. of Louis Adolphus Durrieu (accountant) and Marianne (Feltham) Durrieu; m. James Buchanan Macfarlane (mercantile firm owner), 1890; children: 6.

Immigrated as child to New Zealand (c. 1873); active in patriotic and welfare societies formed during World Wars I and II; remained active in New Zealand Branch of British Red Cross Society, Victoria League, and Auckland Women's Patriotic League, and organized numerous charitable benefits; also member of free kindergarten movement for many years. Received Order of British Empire (1919).

See also Dictionary of New Zealand Biography (Vol. 3).

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