Former RHS student awarded funding grant to research ground-breaking female scholar

Former Riccarton High, and current University of Canterbury Master’s student, Natalie Looyer, has been awarded a funding grant to research a pivotal, ground-breaking female New Zealand Classics scholar.

Natalie’s research, which is the subject of a funding grant as part of the 2018 New Zealand Oral History awards scheme from the Ministry for Culture and Heritage Manatū Taonga, will provide a personal record to accompany the official records held in the Logie Collection archives.

“My ambition for the oral history project on the life of Miss Marion Steven is to capture an extensive and lasting memory of an innovative teacher, classicist and staunch advocate for the Arts and Humanities,” Master's student Natalie Looyer says.

Over the next 12 months Natalie will be carrying out interviews with colleagues, students, family and friends that knew Miss Steven.

“I hope that Miss Steven’s story will make a relevant contribution to themes of female achievement and perseverance, academic innovation and ‘liberal arts’ influence for the historical archives of mid-20th century Christchurch.”