Biographical entry Brookes, Mabel Balcombe (1890 - 1975)


15 June 1890
South Yarra, Victoria, Australia
30 April 1975
South Yarra, Victoria, Australia
Charity Leader, Socialite, Writer and Writer of Inscription


Mabel Balcombe Brookes was a writer, socialite and charity leader. Born Mabel Emmerton, she married the tennis player Norman Brookes in 1911. Her literary interests covered Australiana and Napoleonic France. Among her charitable causes, Brookes was president of the Queen Victoria Hospital (1923-70). She was appointed CBE in 1933 and DBE in 1955, for services to hospitals and charity.


Poynter, J.R. Brookes, Dame Mabel Balcombe (1890-1975), in Australian Dictionary of Biography. National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. Published in hard copy 1993, accessed online 15 December 2012.