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Little, Isabel, 1876-1937 (Scottish-born teacher in New-Zealand)



  • Existence: 1876-1937

Isabel Little was born in Edinburgh in 1876, to Margaret and Jacob Little. She trained as a teacher at the Free Church Training College, Moray House between 1896 and 1898, and gained her National Froebel Union Higher Certificate (second class) by "private study" in 1912. In the same year she emigrated to New Zealand, and in 1914 she appears in the education records as an assistant teacher at Thorndon Normal School. She later worked as an "Infant Mistress" at Hutt District High (1921-1922), South Wellington (1922-1927), Karori (1928-1929), and Ashburton Borough (1931-1933). She became renown in the Wellington area for her ‘modern methods’ of teaching with play based activities the infant classroom. She retired in December 1933, and died four years later in 1937.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Article entitled "‘A Froebel trained “Scot” from Edinburgh’: Miss Isabel Little (1876-1937)." by Dr Helen May, 2020

Identifier: Coll-1848/20-0110
Scope and Contents This paper is a part of a publication on Scots in New Zealand and relates the life of Isabel Little, a "Froebel trained Scot from Edinburgh" who studied at the Free Church Training College, Moray House and who emigrated to New Zealand in 1912. The paper was written by Dr Helen May, Emeritus Professor at the University of Otago, and was prepared for The International Froebel Society (IFS) conference planned in Edinburgh for June 2020. The conference was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic,...
Dates: 2020