Blackwell, Ellen Wright (1864–1952)

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Blackwell, Ellen Wright (1864–1952)

New Zealand writer and botanist. Name variations: Ellen Wright Maidment; (pseudonym) Grace Winter. Born Oct 7, 1864, in Northamptonshire, England; died Feb 24, 1952, in Portsmouth, England; dau. of John Blackwell (master hosier) and Annie Maria (Bumpus) Blackwell; m. Thomas Maidment, 1910.

Under pseudonym Grace Winter, wrote religious books for children, beginning 1900; traveled to New Zealand (1903); co-authored Plants of New Zealand (1906), which became botanical classic for several decades; returned to England (c. 1906).

See also Dictionary of New Zealand Biography (Vol. 3).