Phoebe Broome

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Phoebe Broome (née Nicolls) (1896-1976) was a founder member of the Guernsey Society.

Phoebe May Nicolls was born in Benghal, India in 1896, the daughter of Major Robert Murphy Nicolls and Elaine Biddulph (née Carey). Elaine's mother, Caroline Carey was the daughter of former Bailiff, Sir Peter Stafford Carey.

She married Leonard Reeves Broome, an mechanical engineer from Norfolk, and they had one daughter, Elaine. They lived in India where he worked as district engineer with the Bengal North-Western Railway and later as manager of a sugar factory and plantation in Bihar.

In 1926, they returned to England and lived in Hayward’s Heath, West Sussex.

Mrs Broome was a founder member of the Society, and served on the Council between 1944 and 1962. She was elected Chairman at the AGM of 1957, but was unable to take up the position due to the illness of her husband, who died later that year.

Following the death of her husband, she settled in Alderney, where she lived at Longis Cottage.

She died in 1976 whilst visiting her daughter in Hayward's Heath, West Sussex.


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