Given names: 
M Gordon
Given address: 
Hart St Roslyn
Sheet No: 113

The 1893 electoral roll lists Margaret Gordon Burn, Hart Street Roslyn, Teacher. 

In 1893, when she signed the Petition, Margaret Gordon Burn was retired and living with family in Dunedin but teaching French and English privately. She had previously been the lady principal of the Girls' Provincial School, later known as Otago Girls' High School (1871 – 1884) and Waitaki Girls' High School in Oamaru (1887 – 1892). Under her leadership both schools flourished. 

A biography of Margaret Gordon Burn is available on the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography.

Her daughter Annie McLeod Allan also signed Sheet 113 of the Petition and her sister, Elizabeth Borrows, signed sheet 456.

Click on sheet number to see the 1893 petition sheet this signature appeared on. Digital copies of the sheets supplied by Archives New Zealand.

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Helen Edwards

Posted: 12 May 2013

Mrs Margaret Gordon Burn (nee Huie), the first principal of Otago Girls High School, lived in Hart Street for many years. You will find her in 'Southern People'. I am delighted to be able to offer this information - and I would like to think her leadership encouraged other women to sign also.