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Hackett, Deborah Vernon (1887 - 1965)

Lady, Dr

18 June 1887
Guildford, Western Australia
16 April 1965
Perth, Western Australia
Charity worker and Entrepreneur
Alternative Names
  • Buller-Murphy, Deborah (married name)
  • Dr Buller Murphy (married name)
  • Drake-Brockman, Deborah (maiden name)
  • Hackett, Deborah (former married name)
  • Lady Hackett (former married name)
  • Lady Hackett-Moulden (former married name)
  • Lady Moulden (former married name)


Deborah Hackett was the wife of Sir John Hackett, and, after his death, she married Sir Frank Moulden. It was Lady Hackett-Moulden who called a meeting in May 1920 to oversee the reestablishment of the South Australian Council of Women. She was also State Commissioner of the Girl Guides Association.

In 1923, Lady Moulden (as she became after her second husband was knighted) joined F.W. Young to form a syndicate to mine tantalite at Wodgina. She became Chairman of Directors of Tantalite Ltd in 1931. She also held interests in wolfram and beryl mines in the Northern Territory, and a partnership in the Minilya Pastoral Company. The University of Western Australia conferred an honorary LLD on Lady Moulden in 1932. In 1936 she married Justice Basil Buller Murphy.

Sources used to compile this entry: Hasluck, Alexandra, 'Hackett, Deborah Vernon (1887-1965)', in Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, 2006,

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