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Anstey, Rhoda (1865–1936), promoter of women's physical education, was born at Jurishayes Farm near Tiverton, Devon, on 15 April 1865, the seventh of nine children and second daughter of John Walters Anstey, a yeoman farmer, and his wife, Susanna Elizabeth, née Manley. She was a natural countrywoman with a great love of the county of her birth; in 1891 she was managing the dairy on the family farm. Little else is known of her early life before she attended ...

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Marie Bethell Beauclerc (1845–1897) by A. Marlow reproduced with the permission of Birmingham Libraries & Archives

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Beauclerc, Marie Bethell (1845–1897), shorthand reporter and teacher of shorthand, was born Maria Bethell at 24 Crescent Street, Somers Town, London, on 10 October 1845, the daughter of Richard Bethell, merchant, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Sayer (1809–1885). As an infant, and in the absence of her parents who had been compelled to go abroad, she was left in the care of a nurse. Later in life, in an account of her childhood, she recollected being taken at the age of four from ...

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Buckton [née Williams], Catherine Mary (1826/7–1904), promoter of household science teaching, was born in London, the daughter of John Morgan Williams, a surgeon, later of Llandaff, Glamorgan. On 22 March 1849 she married Joseph Buckton, a Leeds cloth merchant, with whom she had a son and a daughter. She was a founder member of the ...

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Calder, Fanny Louisa (1838–1923), promoter of education in domestic subjects, was born on 26 March 1838, at 26 Rodney Street, Liverpool, the youngest of the eleven children of James Calder and his wife, Jane Elizabeth Mitchell. Her father was a cotton merchant and the family had lived in ...

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Clarke [née Nicolls], Edith (1844–1926), promoter of household science teaching, was born on 27 October 1844 at Shrewsbury House, Shooters Hill, Kent, daughter of Lieutenant Edward Nicolls RN (d. 1844) and his wife, Mary Ellen Peacock. She was the maternal granddaughter of ...

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Eileen Philippa Rose Fowler (1906–2000) by unknown photographer, 1955 [with her Keep Fit unit] Getty Images

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Fowler, Eileen Philippa Rose (1906–2000), fitness instructor, was born on 13 May 1906 at Clyde Lodge, Clyde Road, Tottenham, north London, the daughter of Herbert Henry Charles Fowler, civil engineer, and his wife, Daisy Annie Murphy. An active child from an early age she chose the stage as a career. Her parents were unhappy with her choice but allowed the young ...

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Hope, Louisa Octavia Augusta (1814–1893), promoter of household science teaching, was the youngest of the twelve children of Charles Hope, Lord Granton (1763–1851), the tory politician and lord president of the court of session, and of his wife (and cousin), Lady Charlotte Hope (1771–1834)...

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Hume, Rosemary Ethel (1907–1984), founder of a cookery school and writer on cookery, was born on 2 April 1907 at Underriver House, Underriver, near Sevenoaks, Kent, the daughter of Colonel Charles Vernon Hume and his wife, Ursula Wilhelmina Marshall. She was the youngest of three children. Her parents, who had only recently returned from ...

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Jack, Alexia Butter (1863–1948), schoolteacher and campaigner for women’s suffrage, was born at Church Street, Newtyle, Angus, Scotland, on 6 February 1863, the second of the six children of John Jack (1832–1907), a master joiner, and his wife, Jane (Jean), née...

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Marsh, Irene Mabel (1875–1938), promoter of women's physical education, was born at 13 Grey Road, Walton, Lancashire, on 3 December 1875, the second daughter and the third in the family of ten children of Peter Walter Marsh, and his wife, Anne Caroline, née...

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McAllister, Anne Hutchison (1892–1983), speech therapist and teacher, the daughter of Robert Dempster McAllister, apothecary, and his wife, Anne Hutchison Macnee, was born at Main Street, Biggar, on 29 November 1892. She graduated MA (1917) and BEd (1924) from Glasgow University, and after teaching in a ...

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Morley, Muriel Elizabeth (1899–1993), speech therapist, was born on 20 February 1899 at The Wells, Skircoat, Halifax, Yorkshire, the eldest daughter of Samuel Edwin Morley, a boiler composition manufacturer, and his wife, Helen Ann Monk, née Fletcher. Morley was educated at Halifax and ...

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Österberg, Martina Sofia Helena Bergman (1849–1915), feminist and promoter of women's physical education, was born on 7 October 1849 in Hammarlunda, a village near Malmö in the south of Sweden, one of the six children of Karl Bergman, a prosperous farmer, and his wife, ...

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Ravenhill, Alice (1859–1954), educationist and promoter of the household science movement, was born on 31 March 1859 in Snaresbrook, Essex, the fourth of the seven children of John Ravenhill (1824–1894), naval architect and marine engineer, and his wife, Fanny Pocock (c.1831–1903)...

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Rucker [née Story-Maskelyne], Thereza Charlotte, Lady Rucker (1863–1941), promoter of household science teaching, was born on 3 June 1863, at 112 Gloucester Terrace, London, the youngest of three daughters of (Mervyn Herbert) Nevil Story-Maskelyne (1823–1911), professor of mineralogy at Oxford, and his wife, ...

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Stansfeld, Margaret (1860–1951), college head and promoter of physical education for girls, was born on 10 March 1860 in Church Street, Edmonton, Middlesex, to Mary, daughter of James Fallon, and her husband, James Stansfeld, a master baker. Little is known of Stansfeld's early life other than that her father died young leaving a large family with limited means, and that ...

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Ward, Winifred Mary Kingdon- (1884–1979), speech therapist, was born at 30 Victoria Road, Old Charlton, Kent, on 12 October 1884, the daughter of Harry Marshall Ward (1854–1906), botanist, and his wife, Selina Mary, née Kingdon (d. 1922), daughter of Francis Kingdon, of ...

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Werner, Alice (1859–1935), teacher of Bantu languages, was born in Trieste, then part of the Austrian empire, on 26 June 1859, one of seven children in the family of Reinhardt Joseph Werner (1817–1874) of Mainz, teacher of languages, and his wife, Harriett (1822–1904)...