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This information was published in 1966 in An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, edited by A. H. McLintock. It has not been corrected and will not be updated.

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BEGG, Jean, C.B.E.

(1886– ).

Welfare worker.

A new biography of Begg, Jean appears in the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography on this site.

Born in Dunedin on 7 October 1886, Jean Begg was educated at Otago University, Dunedin Training College, and the New York School of Social Work. With a wide experience of welfare work for women, she has devoted herself particularly to the YWCA, being General Secretary in Auckland, 1926–31, National General Secretary of the organisation in India, Burma, and Ceylon, and then Head Warden of Helen Graham House, YWCA, London, 1949–51. She was director of YWCA services in the Middle East and Orient, 1940–48, and of later years has been an active organiser of CORSO. She received M.B.E., 1942; O.B.E., 1944; and C.B.E., 1947.


McLintock, Alexander Hare