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Elsie Andrews' Diaries


Elsie Euphemia Andrews was a champion for women. She sought equal pay for female teachers, made stirring speeches on women's rights and called for peace in the middle of a great war.

Born at Huirangi on 23 December, 1883, she grew up to be one of New Zealand's most outspoken feminists of the early 20th Century.    

Her diaries, covering 1930, 1932, 1934 and 1937, poems and speech notes reveal a woman of great strength and determination, a woman before her time. They also reveal her humour, her virtues and, sometimes, her vices!



Elsie was an enthusiastic and energetic writer. Her diaries cover overseas trips to conferences, day-to-day life and open a window into her innermost thoughts. 
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Speech notes

Described as a charismatic speaker with a marvellous sense of humour, Elsie was outspoken on issues of equality, education and war.  
Speech Notes  PDF icon (PDF)


Elsie penned poems of love, loss and pacifism.
Poems PDF icon (PDF)
Digitising the Elsie Andrews archives was a joint project between Soroptmists International New Plymouth, Soroptimists International Waitara, Soroptimists International @ Mission and Puke Ariki.             
Without their efforts over three years this online exhibition would not have been possible.


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