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Croll [née Sprackett], Elisabeth Joan [Lisa] (1944–2007), Sinologist and anthropologist, was born on 21 September 1944 in Reefton, South Island, New Zealand, the daughter of Colston Robert (Bob) Sprackett (1916–1993) and his wife, Kathleen Joan (b. 1917). Her father was a Presbyterian minister from a poor background, and had defied the church's directives not to register as a conscientious objector during the Second World War. Her mother came from a long line of academics who in the mid-nineteenth century had been involved in setting up ...