Elsie Andrews

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Elsie Euphemia Andrews (23 December 1888 – 26 August 1948) was a New Zealand teacher and community leader.

She was born in Huirangi, Taranaki, New Zealand on 23 December 1888. Her parents were John Andrews and his wife, Emily Young, who both came from Taranaki pioneering families. Elsie Andrews was the only one of twelve siblings who attended secondary school; she received her education at Huirangi School and with the help of a scholarship, she went on to New Plymouth High School. When she failed entrance examinations to both university and teachers' college, she became a pupil-teacher at Waitara School. After completing her training, she moved around various rural schools before getting a permanent position at New Plymouth's Fitzroy School.[1]

She unsuccessfully contested the New Plymouth electorate in the 1935 election as an Independent;[2] she was one of only three women who stood for election that year.[3]

She died on 26 August 1948 at New Plymouth, having never married.[1]


  1. ^ a b Dalziel, Raewyn. "Andrews, Elsie Euphemia". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 23 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "Election Results". The Evening Post. CXX (137). 6 December 1935. p. 10. Retrieved 14 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "Untitled". The New Zealand Herald. LXXII (22277). 27 November 1935. p. 5. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 

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