- 9 April 1941
- Charity worker
- Alternative Names
- Blackwood, Lady Helen (maiden name, 1865 - 31 August 1889)
Lady Helen Munro Ferguson, daughter of the viceroy, the Marquess of Dufferin and Ava, was president and founder of the Australian Branch of the British Red Cross Society. The wife of Sir Ronald Munro Ferguson (1860-1934), Governor-General of Australia 1914-1920, she established the Australian Branch of the British Red Cross Society on 13 August 1914. During World War I the ballroom of Melbourne's Government House was taken over by Lady Munro Ferguson's work for the Society. In 1918 she was appointed Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (GBE) for her work during World War I. Following the end of her husband's term as Governor-General, on 6 October 1920, the Munro Fergusons returned to Scotland.
Sources used to compile this entry: http://www.redcross.org.au/aboutus_history_australia_default.htm accessed 2004-02-17.