Grace Neill

Public servant and social reformer.

Plaque dedicated to Grace Neill

Date of birth:  25 May 1846
Date of death:  18 August 1926

A self confessed "combatant against drink, poverty, factory owners and the medical profession" Grace Neill strove for social reform in New Zealand.

During her 13 year career in the public service, Grace left her mark on many fields. She began her career in 1894 as a factory inspector - the first female inspector in New Zealand. She also set up training institutions for midwives, and aimed to create a state hospital "for mothers, managed by women and doctored by women".