Special plaque honours Hull missionary teacher

Published: Tuesday 12th January 2016 by The News Editor

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A trailblazing Hull missionary and teacher has been honoured with a special plaque nearly 200 years after her birth.

Margaret Moxon’s tribute at the Hull College Centre for Digital & Green Energy was revealed on Monday.

Born in 1808 in Sculcoates, she is credited with opening the doors for New Zealand girls to be educated in the 19th century.

Ms Moxon and her teacher husband George Kissling had already taught at a Sierra Leone-based mission school in Africa.

They then opened a similar venture for Auckland-based Maori girls for what is today known as the Church Mission Society (formerly the Church Missionary Society).

The couple trained the girls to be supportive wives for Maori males who were aspiring to become ministers.

This is the latest in a series of plaques to honour eminent Hull people.

Mary Glew, Hull City Council’s former Lord Mayor, said: “Margaret was a Hull born and bred missionary who played a crucial role in education for girls in New Zealand, leaving a legacy which still continues to this day.”

Graham Towse, principal of Hull College, said: “Margaret was a true pioneer in education for girls in New Zealand.”

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Published: Tuesday 12th January 2016 by The News Editor

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