Foster, Emily Sophia (1842–1897)

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Foster, Emily Sophia (1842–1897)

New Zealand teacher and school principal. Name variations: Emily Sophia Brittan. Born Emily Sophia Brittan, Dec 18, 1842, in Sherborne, Dorsetshire, England; died Dec 30, 1897, at Rangiora, New Zealand; dau. of William Guise Brittan (newspaper editor) and Louisa (Chandler) Brittan; m. Thomas Scholfield Foster (educator), 1882; children: 2 daughters, 1 son.

Immigrated to New Zealand with family (1850); obtained 1st-class teaching certificate (1874); appointed headmistress of girls' division at Christchurch West School (1875); became principal of Christchurch Girls' High School (1894).

See also Dictionary of New Zealand Biography (Vol. 2).