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Thursday, 2 June 1921

Mr WISE - On the 26th May the honorable member " for South Sydney (Mr. Riley) asked a number of questions respecting the case of Mrs. Farr, and he was informed that inquiries were being made on certain points relating to that lady's entrance into the Commonwealth, and the arrangements made for her maintenance and hospital treatment while in Australia. I am now in a position to state that -

Mrs. Farrarrived in Sydney from New Zealand on the 6th September, 1915. Her case did not come under the notice of the Quarantine Medical Officer or the Customs authorities at the time of her landing, and no action was consequently taken under the Immigration Act.

It is. reported that prior to her arrival from New Zealand, negotiations were carried on by her husband with the' Reverend Mother Superioress of the MountSt. Margaret's Mental Hospital,Ryde, and that when she landed at Sydney she . was taken straight to that institution.. She remained as a patient of the Mount St. Margaret's Hospital from the 6th September, 1915, till the 9th January, 1921, although she was allowed during that period to go for several long visits to the country, under the care of a trained nurse. In January last she was transferred to the Gladesville (State) Mental Hospital.

It has been ascertained that the cost of Mrs. Fair's maintenance and treatment at Mount St. Margaret's Hospital has been defrayed by her husband, Professor Farr, who is also paying the cost of her maintenance at the Gladesville Hospital, where she is still an inmate. In the circumstances, it is not proposed to take any action under the Immigration Act in this case unless. the State Government make a request, and. show cause which would render such action desirable.

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