Ursula Bethell

(1874 - 1945 / Horsell, Surrey, England)

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Mary Ursula Bethell, usually known as Ursula Bethell (6 October 1874 – 15 January 1945) was a New Zealand social worker and poet. She was born in Horsell, Surrey, England on 6 October 1874, and arrived in New Zealand with her family in 1875.
Bethell was the eldest daughter of the well-to-do sheep farmer Richard Bethell and his wife Isabel Anne, née Lillie. Her father had emigrated initially ... more »

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