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White, Helen Frances (1866–1945)

Miss Helen White, Headmistress Ipswich Girls Grammar School, 1925

Miss Helen White, Headmistress Ipswich Girls Grammar School, 1925

Ipswich Library &​ Information Service

Miss Helen White. M.A. former headmistress of the Ipswich Girls' Grammar School, whose death occurred last Tuesday, was a daughter of the Government Astronomer in Melbourne, and received the degree Master of Arts from the University there. After teaching in a boarding school in Sydney, and then at the Methodist Ladies College in Melbourne, she came to Ipswich as Headmistress of the Girls' Grammar School in succession to Miss Maud Connell. M.A.. beginning her new duties in January 1906. While here, Miss White devoted herself wholeheartedly to the work of the school and the welfare of the pupils, was closely associated with St. Paul's Church, and took a keen interest in the public affairs of the city.

After a period of 22 years, during which time she won the respect and affectlon of her pupils, and many of the citizens, she resigned her position at the end of 1927. To mark the esteem in which Miss White was held by them, the old girls of the school donated a Helen White prize, which is given each year to the girl who secures the best pass in the Senior examination. After leaving Ipswich, Miss White paid a visit to Europe and to parts of Australia, then settled in Melbourne, where she continued to take a keen interest in all educational matters, and in local, national, and world affairs.

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'White, Helen Frances (1866–1945)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/white-helen-frances-18671/text30282, accessed 25 November 2017.

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