Education pioneer from Hull to be honoured with commemorative plaque

A commemorative plaque will be unveiled today to pay tribute to a pioneering teacher from Hull.

Margaret Moxon travelled as a missionary to Sierra Leone and New Zealand, where she paved the way for girls' education during the 1800s.

Margaret Moxon will be honoured today

Born on the 18 August 1808 in Sculcoates, Margaret took a great interest in missionary work while at school. Following her marriage to teacher George Kissling, the couple travelled to Sierra Leone to teach at a mission school and then in New Zealand for the Church Missionary Society. They opened a school in Auckland for Maori girls, training them to be suitable and supportive wives for Maori men training to be ministers.

The plaques form part of the Lord Mayor's Centenary plaque trail, launched last year, which commemorate pioneers, campaigners and ground-breakers that came from Hull and were influential in the city or across the world.