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Roberts, Mary Louise (1886–1968)

Roberts, Mary Louise (1886–1968)

New Zealand masseuse, physiotherapist, and mountaineer. Born Feb 17, 1886, in Dunedin, New Zealand; died May 27, 1968, in Dunedin; dau. of Edward Roberts (mechanical engineer) and Elizabeth (Fletcher) Roberts.

Trained as physiotherapist and entered private practice with orthopedic surgeon; appointed masseuse and instructor at Dunedin Hospital Training School of Massage and Physiotherapy (1922), and was principal of Dunedin Hospital school of Massage (1925–46); member of Otago Hospital Board (1947–53); founding member of New Zealand Alpine Club's Otago section; a climber, made ascents of Mt. Sybil (1931), Mt. La Perouse and Mt. Copland (1932), Price Peak (1934) and Eros (1935). Awarded OBE (1946).

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

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