Deborah Vernon Hackett

Deborah Vernon Hackett (also known as Deborah Drake-Brockman, Lady Deborah Hackett, Lady Deborah Moulden and Dr Deborah Buller Murphy, 1887-1965) was born in West Guildford, Western Australia on 18 June 1887, the daughter of surveyor Frederick Slade Drake-Brockman and heroine Grace Vernon Bussell and younger sister of Edmund Drake-Brockman. [1] At the age of 18, she married (Sir) John Winthrop Hackett, who was forty years her senior. They had a son, later General Sir John Hackett (commander-in-chief of the British Army on the Rhine before becoming principal of King's College London upon retirement), and four daughters.

In 1932, the University of Western Australia conferred a honorary Doctorate of Laws to Deborah Hackett.[2]


Further reading

  • F. Alexander,(1963) Campus at Crawley
  • B. Buller Murphy,(1949) A Lady of Rare Metal (1949)
  • G. Drake-Brockman,(1960) The Turning Wheel
  • Alexandra Hasluck,(1983) 'Hackett, Deborah Vernon (1887 - 1965)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 9, Melbourne University Press, pp 149-150.

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