I AM hoping that some of your readers may be able to help with information regarding my maiden great aunt, Amy Castle, who died at Ardene Court, 40 Headland Park Road, Paignton, on February 23, 1971 aged 90.
Amy, a spinster, 'disappeared' from New Zealand, her birth country, in 1957, and until a month ago I had no idea that she had emigrated to England in that year, aged 77.
Amy was a well-respected entomologist at the Dominion Museum in Wellington from 1907 to 1931; she was the first entomologist and first woman appointed in a professional role in a New Zealand museum. She fostered interest in entomology in the community through weekly meetings and lectures and was a fellow of the Entomological Society of London.
Over the past 15 years there has been considerable interest in Amy and her achievements, and a feeling in scientific circles that she was undervalued in her time; there is an incomplete entry about her in the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography.
I have no idea why Amy travelled to England, or Paignton in particular, as she had no known family there. I would be most appreciative of any information or help regarding Amy so that her entry in the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography may be updated.
SUE AMY CUERDEN