Ross, Forrestina Elizabeth (1860–1936)

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Ross, Forrestina Elizabeth (1860–1936)

New Zealand teacher, mountaineer, journalist, and writer. Name variations: Forrestina (Forrest) Elizabeth Grant. Born Forrestina (Forrest) Elizabeth Grant, June 23, 1860, at Brixton, Surrey, England; died Mar 29, 1936, at Wellington, New Zealand; dau. of George Grant and Forrestina (Hay) Grant; University of Otago, c. 1881; m. Malcolm Ross (journalist and mountaineer), 1890 (died 1930); children: 1 son.

Immigrated with family to New Zealand (1870); appointed mistress at Forbury School (1881); taught English at Otago Girls' High School until 1890; became 1st woman member of New Zealand Alpine Club and, with husband, promoted sport of mountaineering (Forrest Ross Glacier named after her); became parliamentary reporter for several newspapers and was named 1st lady editor of Evening Post (c. 1897); published Round the World with a Fountain Pen (1913) and Mixed Grill (1934); also wrote short stories.

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

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