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Hoff, Dr Ursula
Date of birth: 1909
Date of death: 2005
Biography: Ursula Hoff was born on 26 December 1909 in London to Hans Leopold Hoff, Hamburg-based German Jewish merchant, and his wife, née Thusnelde Margarethe (Tussi) Bulcke, of a German Lutheran upper-middle-class family. Shortly after her birth, the family moved to Hamburg, where Ursula grew up and completed her primary and secondary education. In 1930, Ursula Hoff commenced academic studies spread between the universities of Frankfurt, Cologne, and Munich; later the same year, she commenced studies at the University of Hamburg. Upon Adolf Hitler's appointment as Chancellor of Germany and the introduction of anti-Jewish measures in January 1930, Ursula Hoff's father, Leopold Hoff, left immediately for London; Ursula and her mother Tussi followed him shortly in July. Ursula subsequently worked at the Courtauld Institute of Art and the British Museum, and arrived in Melbourne in 1939 to become Secretary of the University Women's College. In 1943 she joined the staff of the National Gallery of Victoria, at the suggestion of Sir Daryl Lindsay, as Assistant Keeper, where she rose to become Assistant Director in 1968. Dr Hoff retired in 1973. From 1975 until 1984 she was the London Adviser to the Felton Bequest. Dr Hoff was also part-time tutor and lecturer in the University's Fine Arts Department from 1949, and became a Senior Associate in the Department from 1973 until 1975, and again in 1985. Dr Hoff died in Melbourne on 10 January 2005.
Activities/Occupation: Art historians, Academics - Fine arts
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