Ethel Ellen Waller (1864 - 1942)

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Birthplace: 上海市, 中国
Death: Died in UK
Managed by: Peter McGavin
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About Ethel Ellen Waller

Born in Shanghai, China, to English (missionary?) mother.

Mother died 4 days after she was born.

Brought up by Bishop Sam Tarratt Nevill and Mary Susanna Cook-Penny at Bishopscourt, Rosalyn, Dunedin, NZ.

They collected her from England, arriving in NZ on 11th Nov 1872 after a voyage of 101 days.

Known as Miss Ethel Ellen NEVILL.

Went to England with Mr & Mrs Nevill in 1878 and was left there to attend Clewer Sisters' School near Windsor.

Returned to NZ and lived with Mr & Mrs Nevill at Bishopsgrove, Woodhaugh, Leith Valley, Dunedin.

About 1888 returned to England where she joined the Community of the Sisters of the Church, Kilburn and became a sister on 20 Jan 1894.

Known as Sister Etheleen.

Returned to Dunedin 1894 or 1895.

Founder of St Hilda's Collegiate School, Dunedin, NZ, 1st Feb 1896.

Visited England for 9 months in 1901.

Teacher and administrator in charge of boarders at St Hilda's Collegiate School, became principal in 1908.

Visited Sydney in 1919.

Said to have a wonderful sense of humour combined with "divine" common sense and was much adored by pupils.

Returned to England in 1931, first to St Mary's Convalescent Home, Broadstairs, Kent.

Retired in 1936 to Kilburn, then forced by the blitz back to Broadstairs.

Later moved to Gloucestershire and finally to Northampton.

"Sister Etheleen's Day" is still commemorated at St Hilda's Collegiate School.

Never married.

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Sister Etheleen's Timeline

1864
June 2, 1864
上海市, 中国
1942
March 19, 1942
Age 77
UK