Isabel Cooper-Oakley

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Isabel Cooper-Oakley c. 1884

Harriet Isabella (Isabel) Cooper-Oakley[1][2] (31 January 1854 – 3 March 1914), was a prominent Theosophist and author.[3]

She was born in Amritsar, India to (Frederic) Henry Cooper, C.B., commissioner of Lahore [4] and his wife Mary (née Steel), receiving a good education because of her father's belief in the value of education for women.[5] She had suffered a severe injury in an accident aged 23 which prevented her from walking for two years, during which time she intensified her reading.[6] She went on to study at Girton College, Cambridge, and whilst at the university she met- and later married- fellow student Alfred John Oakley. They then both changed their surname to Cooper-Oakley. . Alfred stayed some years at Adyar, India, as an assistant to Henry Steel Olcott. He left to become Registrar of the University of Madras.[7] Sometime in the late 1890s, G.R.S. Mead became her brother-in-law when he married her sister, another prominent Theosophist, Laura Cooper.

Isabel Cooper-Oakley died on March 3, 1914, at Budapest, Hungary.

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  1. ^ Red Cactus: The Life of Anna Kingsford, Alan Pert, 2006, pg 104
  2. ^ http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/rd/1e6c817e-409e-4b6f-af72-d3a40870f273
  3. ^ 1891 England Census, showing a household including "Constance Wachtmeister Manager of Publishing Office; G.R.S. Mead, Author Journalist; Isabel Oakley, age 37, born Amritza, India, Millener; Helena Blavatsky, Authoress; and others"
  4. ^ Madame Blavatsky: The Woman Behind the Myth, Marion Meade, Putnam, 1980, pg 321
  5. ^ Madame Blavatsky: The Woman Behind the Myth, Marion Meade, Putnam, 1980, pg 321
  6. ^ Madame Blavatsky: The Woman Behind the Myth, Marion Meade, Putnam, 1980, pg 321
  7. ^ "The 'K.H.' letters to Leadbetter"

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