Educationalist Learmonth White Dalrymple

Learmonth White Dalrymple was the daughter of William Dalrymple and his wife Janet, and was baptised at Coupar Angus at the end of July 1827. Learmonth did not have an easy childhood as her mother’s death, in 1840, meant that much of the daily tasks of caring for the family fell to her (she was the oldest child). It is not entirely clear what prompted the family to move to New Zealand, but as Page notes in Learmonth’s biography, she set out in 1853 ‘with her father, two sisters and a brother’. Initially the family stayed in Dunedin, then went north to Wellington, only to return to Otago by the latter half of the 1850s to make home there for good.

From these early days Learmonth was actively involved in …