Well....I said it was just a start, but that's nearly 350 players listed so far. Whew!
During my research, I've stumbled across name/age/other details for some New Zealand players too. Since there's no specific thread in which to post these, (particularly if they never married) I might as well post them here for those who are interested:
Gladys Myrtle (Myrtle) ANDERSON (RSA/NZL)
married William John 'Bill' MELODY (NZL) in 1916
Married Dr Geoffrey MYERS in February 1933
Eva Marian BAIRD
Married Sydney Craven HODGES in 1919
Nancy Ella CURTIS
Married Walter F STURMAN on 23 April 1924
Nina Mataura DOUSLIN
Married Cornelius O'LEARY in 1910
NZL BDM records show she had a daughter, Gladys DOUSLIN, in 1894 with no record of a father.
May Constance GORE
Married James MARCHBANKS on 18 August 1897
Sisters May and Olive also had a brother, C St G GORE, who played tennis competitively.
Married Dr Douglas H BETT circa 1916
Hilda Maude HITCHINGS
Born with just one arm (the left) and she "serves in a wonderfully clever manner by holding her racket with three fingers of her only hand, and a slight toss of the ball which is held by the remaining finger and thumb, followed by a quick twisty tap with the racket, results in a fast low service which is anything but easy to take."
She was unusually tall (5' 11) and had a sister Una who also played in NZ. Hilda lived in London from the 1897 to 1906 and had some tournament play. Apparently around August 1904 she won the Ladies' Silver Challenge Cup of the St Quintin Lawn Tennis Club, decisively beating Miss Pocock. Her first tournament in England was the Chichester tournament in 1897 where she was defeated in the handicap singles.
She was also a fine singer, pianist and painter as well as being talented at needlework, making all her own dresses.
Her sister Una also played in NZ tournaments.
Lelia May Arita (Arita) HOWE
Married Robert Peers ADAMS 1927
sometimes spelled Areta
Sarah Mary LANCE
Born Hythe, England circa 1871 (I suspect earlier)
Married Ernest Denton TANNER in 1887 (Divorced 1908)
Around 1885 she emigrated from England where, supposedly, she had achieved success in many large tennis tournaments. Her husband, cricketer Ernest Tanner, sued for divorce in 1908 naming Charles Uniacke as co-respondent.
Constance Palgrave MARTYN
Born 12 May 1864, Palgrave, Suffolk ENGLAND
Married Lionel Augustus ABRAHAM in England on 19 June 1890
Died 3 October 1942
Known as a champion horse-woman and golfer as well as a tennis player and charity worker. Received the OBE in 1919 for her work during WWI.
Married F GALLAGHER circa 1938
Kathleen Mary NUNNELEY
Born 16 September 1872 - Leicestershire, England
Died 28 September 1956 - Wellington, NZL
Allegedly her English tournament successes, prior to emigrating to New Zealand in late 1894 included:
1891 Ladies Handicap Brighton, 5 Prizes at South of England Tournament, Eastbourne
1892 Prizes at Liverpool, Nottingham, Leicester, Northampton and others
1893 Open Singles at Nottingham, Won Blackheath, Won Beckenham, Won Wellingborough
1894 Won Nottingham (d Miss Jackson 60 61), Won Nottingham Handicap (d Mrs Hillyard)
Isabel Sarah REES (NZL)
Born circa 1867/68
Died July 1894.
She won the Champion Ladies Tennis Singles at Dunedin in 1892 and at Christchurch in 1890/91. She was the finest horsewoman in the colony and a fine all round athlete. Rees died, after 7 days illness and inflammation of the brain, aged just 27.
Mary Hamilton 'May' SPIERS
married Harry Mitchell DYKES in 1929
Mary Anastasia Camillus 'May' TRACY
Married Noel McNair THOMPSON on 1 January 1930
Married HATHERLEY circa 1939/40
Born 2 June 1882 - Patea, Taraniki NZL
Died 6 September 1958 - Patea, Taraniki NZL
Married Edward Cecil Burdett WHITEHEAD on 13 November 1912
Born 1875, Kakaramea, NZL
Died 25 March 1954
Married (1) George Vater PEARCE in 1893 - Separated 1917, Divorced 1920
Married (2) Neil Bruce BARKMAN in 1922
Her divorce from politician George Pearce in 1920 caused a scandal.
Katherine Lucia VAN ASCH
Married Edward MENLOVE in 1905
Sister Annie also played in NZ tournaments.
Last edited by GeeTee : Dec 3rd, 2011 at 10:02 PM.