Shayle George, Frances (c. 1827–1890)

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Shayle George, Frances (c. 1827–1890)

New Zealand teacher and writer. Name variations: Frances Southwell. Born Frances Southwell, c. 1827–1829, at Clifton, Gloucestershire, England; died Sept 8, 1890, in Auckland, New Zealand; dau. of John Southwell (solicitor) and Martha Southwell; m. Thomas Shayle George, 1848 (died 1868); children: 5.

Immigrated with husband to New Zealand (1850); opened Wye-Cottage Seminary (1852); wrote poetry, short pieces and letters to newspapers; published "From a Settler's Wife" in Charles Dickens' Household Words (1852); opened school for girls in Shortland Crescent (1867).

See also Dictionary of New Zealand Biography (Vol. 1).