Ferner, Ellen Elizabeth (1869–1930)

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Ferner, Ellen Elizabeth (1869–1930)

New Zealand artist, photographer, and community leader. Name variations: Ellen Elizabeth Aley, Nellie Ferner. Born Sept 13 1869, in Auckland, New Zealand; died Nov 3, 1930, at Remuera, New Zealand; dau. of Alfred (watchmaker and jeweler) and Ellen (Beck) Aley; m. James Ferner, 1890; children: 4.

Skilled portrait painter and photographer of children and advocate for children's welfare and education, founded Play and Recreation Association to organize activities for urban children (1917); helped to establish public parks and reserves in Auckland; appointed as one of first three associate members of Children's Court (1926); became justice of peace (1927); helped to establish Community Sunshine School (1930); served on board of governors of Seddon Memorial Technical College.

See also Dictionary of New Zealand Biography (Vol. 4).

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