HOOPER, Helen Jane Gray

1896 - 1935

Helen Jane Gray Hooper was born at Musselburgh, Midlothian, Scotland on 12 August 1896, daughter of Henry James Thompson Hooper (born 4 June 1862), a former Indian army office, then a fruit farmer at Battle, Sussex, and his wife Lillian Louise née Bayly (1872-), who married at St Pancras, London in 1896. In 1911, Helen was a 14-year-old, living at The White House, Marley Lane, Battle, Sussex with her parents, 48-year-old Henry and 38-year-old Lillian, and a younger sister 12-year-old Catherine, born at Nice, France and in 1921 her father Henry was a farm manager at Red House Lodge, Aldeburgh, Suffolk with his wife Lillian, born in Victoria, Australia and two daughters. A member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club 1923-1924 from Red Lodge, Aldeburgh, Suffolk but does not seem to have exhibited. As a 27-year-old artist, she sailed on the 'Orvieto' on 28 March 1924 for Victoria, Australia but returned to England and married at Holy Trinity Church, Eltham, London on 16 October 1926, James Bayley Bayly (13 November 1894-31 March 1928), an architect, of Hobart, Tasmania who came to England in 1924 to further his studies but died at The Haven, Chiltern Avenue, Bushey, Hertfordshire on 31 March 1928, aged 33. Helen returned to Australia and died at Melbourne in 1935.