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Arthur St
Sheet No: 58
Central Dunedin

Biography contributed by Katherine Blakeley

Euphemia Neveson was born about 1847 in Edinburgh, Scotland – the daughter of James Neveson, a shop porter, and Mary Waugh.

She emigrated to New Zealand and, in 1884, was appointed to the role of Bible Teacher or deaconess for the Dunedin Women’s Christian Association. Her duties were house visitations, gaol and hospital visits. She also worked as matron of the Female Refuge.

About 1891 she went back to Scotland for a time returning a year later to her work at the now YWCA.

When she signed the suffrage petition she was living in Arthur Street. 

In 1899 she left the YWCA and took the full time position of matron at the Female Refuge.

The Refuge was closed in 1902 when a prosecution was taken under the Factories Act.

The Refuge took in 'unfortunate girls and women' 'all maternity cases' who did laundry to earn their keep.

Euphemia worked for the Society for the Protection of Women and Children in the 1910s and also did work for the South Dunedin Presbyterian Church.

She died on 12 February 1932 and is buried in the Northern Cemetery.


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