8 Mar. 2013, International Women’s Day and timeline

To mark International Women’s Day on 8 March 2013, the Norfolk Record Office is launching a new website, Norfolk Women in History.

A 700-word synopsis of the life of Mary Hardy and the content of her diary features on this very informative timeline of Norfolk women across the centuries. Many of them are very little known, but had significant contributions to make.

One of Mary Hardy’s descendants, Ethel Colman (1863–1948), became in 1923 England’s first female Lord Mayor. She was also one of the first female deacons in the Congregational Church.

Ethel Colman with her family 1890

Ethel Colman (back row, fourth from left), with on her right her parents Jeremiah James Colman and Caroline, at Mary Hardy’s home Letheringsett Hall for the Diamond Wedding of the diarist’s grandson, 21 July 1890. Basil Cozens-Hardy, aged five (centre right) and future editor of Mary Hardy’s diary, is in a sailor suit  [photograph A.E. Coe of Norwich 1890: Cozens-Hardy Collection]

The pleasure wherry Hathor, commissioned by Ethel and Helen Colman in 1905, is illustrated on the Diary pages.

Ethel Colman’s elder sister Laura, who married James Stuart, served as a Norwich city councillor.


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Margaret Bird

Margaret Bird in 2016

The editor and author of the Mary Hardy volumes

You can read about the historian Margaret Bird on the link above

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