22 Nov 2017
One hundred years ago, the Ruyton community was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Miss Eliza Bromby, Principal of Ruyton, 1888-1910. She passed on 19 September 1917, aged 79. Much loved for her energetic spirit, intellectual vigour and the deep patience of a natural teacher, Miss Bromby had made a significant contribution to girls’ education in her 22 years as Ruyton’s Principal. The Ruytonian noted in memorium ‘… her ideas… were considerably in advance of the majority of her contemporaries. In days when lessons were set and heard, Miss Bromby insisted on lessons being conducted so that pupils were made to think for themselves. Text-books were always … chosen with a view to fostering the girls’ independence of thought.’ *
As a gesture of their respect, the Old Ruytonians announced a collection fund for a memorial plaque at Holy Trinity in Kew, Miss Bromby’s church. ** Significant funds were raised, and in November 1922 a memorial prayer desk, bearing Miss Bromby’s name was presented to Holy Trinity. It can still be see there today, and the keen-eyed visitor will note its memorial plaque, which reads: ‘In loving memory of Eliza Maria Bromby. A Tribute from the Old Ruytonians. November 1922.’
Pictured: Miss Eliza Bromby, The Ruytonian, 1917 and The Eliza Bromby Memorial Prayer Desk, Holy Trinity, Kew.
* The Ruytonian, December 1917, p13.
** The Ruytonian, June 1918, p4.
Ms Cathy Dodson
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