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was Flower Girl
at the wedding of
Fred & Ada Lamont
kept her long hair all her life
later years wearing it up in a bun
attending Normal College Bible School
seated 3rd from right at rear
at Hanging Rock
from an early work book
Baptist Church 1912
with friend Beryl Acutt
personal character reference for Frances from
of Armadale Baptist Church
is to say that I have known
Miss Fasham and the family of which she
is a member, intimately for over two years.
They are all held in the highest
by all who know them.."
at her book store.
Christian Book Supply
Place, Melbourne c.1952
Frances worked in the Christian Book trade
until retiring around
80 years of age
gift brochure from
Christian Book Supply
helped raise her neice, Margaret Fasham, after Margaret's mother, Patricia Charlton
Baker, left and later divorced her husband Mervin Fasham. Frances effectivly became
a grandmother to Margaret's children, Kerrie, Robyn and Randal Young.
with sister, Olive Fasham
my dear Auntie, you were a kind and generous lady that prayed and cared for me
my whole life. You were my other Grandmother.
miss you greatly
On the 31st October 1895, Margaret Routledge Fasham gave birth to her first child.
It was a little girl, and Maggie and her husband Tom named her Frances Evelyn.
spent the first several years living with her parents, and eventually other brothers
and sisters, around the Koondrook area on the Victorian- New South Wales border.
a few years the family moved to Melbourne and Eve attended Armadale State School.
Although Eve left school at an early age of around 15, she achieved the distinction
of being Dux of the school.
attending Armadale State School c.1905
After leaving school she worked different odd jobs before opening her own drapery
business in Dandenong. Eve also later worked for Love and Pollard, a drapery store
in Richmond, before taking a position with Keswick Book Depot which was to signal
the start of a life long career in the Christian book trade.
some years Eve opened her own store in the Block Arcade, called Melbourne Christian
Book Supply, where she worked with the assistance of her niece Margaret Fasham.
a period of many years Eve owned and lived in many homes around Melbourne. Although
never married, Eve spent much of her time with her brothers and sisters and their
families, in particular her brother Mervins daughter, Margaret, who she
helped raise. In turn she effectively became a grandmother to Margs children,
Robyn, Kerrie and Randal.
was a dedicated Christian and attended several different churches over the different
periods of her life including; Murrumbeena Baptist Church, Armadale Baptist, Church
of Christ Gardiner, Nth Balwyn and East Kew Baptists and Nth Balwyn Church
of Christ, where she was still attending well into her 80s.
is to certify that I have known
the applicant Miss F.Fasham for
of five years in con-
nection with the Murrumbeena
Baptist Church. She
some years a deacon of that
church and a teacher in the
Sunday-School, as well as leader
of the Young Ladies Bible Class,
was highly respected
for the sincerity of her Christian
life, and character,
fine devotion to duty.
Rev Ivor W. Hopkins
18th February 1935
Armadale Baptist c1905
see Sunday School
was a tireless and dedicated worker, doing many interstate trips to Sydney and
For many years before her retirement she worked for S.John Bacon
and Christian Press.
finally retired at the age of 81 and took the opportunity to go overseas, on her
own, to visit her great-niece, Robyn Young and her family in the United States.
was still driving a motor car and living independently at age 81, when ill health
made a nursing home necessary. While living in the nursing home in Warrandyte
she would still regularly go out on Sunday's for church and to have lunch with
her nephews and nieces.
is remembered lovingly by her family as an extremely generous, loving and forgiving
and old age finally took its toll and Eve passed away peacefully on January 2nd
the age of 90
Frances Evelyn Fasham
31st October 1895 ~ 2nd January 1986