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(Adeliza) Florence Amery (née Hamar Greenwood)

(1881-1975), Chair of the Indian Comforts Fund; wife of Leopold Stennett Amery; daughter of John Hamar Greenwood

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Sandra Helen Margolies

25 May 2021, 12:58

Adeliza ‘Florence’ Louise Greenwood was born in Whitby, Ontario on 19 August 1879. She was the seventh of ten children born to John and Charlotte Greenwood. Her nickname was ‘Byrdie’ or ‘Birdie’. Florence received her early education in Whitby, and was later a student at St. Hilda’s College (ca. 1898) and Trinity University [ca. 1898-1901] in Toronto, specializing in modern languages, English, and history. Upon graduation, she was a resident teacher at Glen Mawr School (also known as Miss Veals’School) in Toronto. She later moved to England to join her brother, Thomas Hamar Greenwood.
Florence married Leopold ‘Leo’ Charles Maurice Stennett Amery, Secretary of State for the Dominions and the Colonies, in Westminster on 16 November 1910 and travelled with him to many foreign lands throughout the course of his political career. Florence was the chairwoman of many causes and known for her warm social graces and outstanding rhetoric abilities, a few of her favourite themes included: Imperial unity, free trade within the Empire, and migration and settlement.
Florence and Leopold had two sons: John, a Nazi collaborator who was executed for treason in 1945, and Harold ‘Julian’, who led an accomplished political career. She died 18 February 1975 in London, England.
From the archives of Whitby Public Library, Whitby, Ontario (website: