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Dame Eadith Campbell Walker, DBE (18 September 1861 - 8 October 1937) was an Australian philanthropist.

Life and career

Eadith Campbell Walker was the only child of Australian banker and politician, Thomas Walker. They lived in the family home, Yaralla, an Italianate mansion in Concord West, an inner-western suburb of Sydney. She and her father carried out numerous charitable works in Australia. When the First World War came she took a special interest in returned soldiers suffering from tuberculosis, and had 32 of them at "The Camp" in the grounds of Yaralla Estate from 1917 to 1920.

From April 1917 to December 1922 she lent another home at Leura for the same purpose, and paid the entire cost of maintenance. It was afterwards made a children's home. She built cottages for elderly men at Yaralla, and provided an endowment fund for their upkeep.

She supported sporting clubs and religious, educational and health institutions, and after the First World War, returned soldiers. She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (1917) and Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (4 June 1928) for philanthropic and charitable services.

After cremation at the Rookwood Crematorium, her ashes were scattered in the family grave at St John's Ashfield.


Dame Eadith died on 8 October 1937, aged 76, having never married. She was cremated at the chapel in Rookwood, and her ashes were buried at St. John's,...
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