Lady Eliza Mitchell CBE

Lady Elizabeth Mitchell's life was dedicated to humanity and good works.

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She was born in 1864, the daughter of Dr. Morrison, the first Headmaster of Scotch College. Her husband, Sir Edward Mitchell, KCMG, was for many years Leader of the Victorian Bar.

In 1915, she was working in the headquarters of the Australian Red Cross in London. When the Australian Detachment was formed, she was its Commandant. In 1918 she was awarded the CBE for her services. On returning to Australia in 1919, she was active in organising the 'Society of Overseas Settlement for British Women' in Victoria.

Her flair for organising was outstanding and she associated with many philanthropic schemes, which included the Bush Nursing Hospitals. Early in 1928, Lady Somers, wife of the State Governor, asked her help in starting the Country Women's Association in Victoria, and she became the first State President, holding that position for two years and later for a further term. Her wise counsel helped the Association over many a stony path in the early years, and her vision and ideals were an inspiration to all who knew and worked with her. Country women greatly benefited from Elizabeth's work and the friendships she engendered.