22 Jun 2017

The Connon Girls: pioneers of womens' tertiary education in NZ

From Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan, 1:38 pm on 22 June 2017

Helen Connon of Christchurch was the first woman in the British empire to gain a university degree with honours, in 1881.

Fifteen years after her death Helen Connon Hall was opened at Canterbury University in 1918. It was a hostel for women students. Initially there were just 6, but the numbers steadily grew.

Pat Syme was one of the residents of Connon Hall, and has contributed to a book, called Connon Girls, which tells the story of this womens' hostel and the early pioneers of women's tertiary education. 

Anyone who wants to purchase the book can contact connongirls@gmail.com

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