Muriel Dennison Kronge Beattie1

#1814, b. 1 October 1898

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Birth1 October 1898Muriel Dennison Kronge Beattie2,3

Primary events

Secondary circumstances

  • Occupation: Muriel was a nurse. Later worked for many years at a school in India.
  • Journey: She traveled to in India arriving 1938.
  • Note - single: As at 1945 Muriel Dennison Kronge Beattie had never been married.
Some aspects of Muriel Dennison Kronge Beattie's life. HOME LINK FOUND IN INDIA

WHEN Miss Muriel Beattie, Hobart, went to the Nilgiri Hills, Conoor, South of India, seven years ago to take up an appointment at the Hebron High School, she felt she had come home.

It was not only that she was made warmly welcome, but the immediate discovery that an unmistakable part of her native land had preceded her - magnificent gum trees grown from saplings transported to the Nilgiri Hills many years before, presumably by British Army officers transferred from the colony of Van Diemen's Land to Indian stations. And so Miss Beattie settled down happily among her gums, wattles, and pupils, and with the passing years, came to regard Hebron as her second home.

Miss Beattie, who is on furlough, is staying with her sister, Miss Jean Beattie, at Fern Tree.

Started 47 years ago as a missionary school, Hebron, a school for girls, is entirely European, with a European staff of about 24. Members are mainly from England, Australia, and New Zealand, the principal being a New Zealander.

The only one of its kind in India, it is 6,00 ft. up in the hills, which are 8,500ft. high, with an even climate, supposed to be the best in the world. The school has government Inspection, but no government subsidy. Boys up to 10 years of age are accepted, and girls are taken to the senior Cambridge leaving examination. Their papers are sent to England.

The school was started in the hills with the idea that parents could keep their children in India instead of sending them abroad. About 125 of the 160 girls in the school are boarders.

From February to November each year as many as 2,000 children are sent up to Nilgiri from all quarters of India, and before the war they were sent from as far away as Malaya and Assam. Nilgriri has been little affeated by the war.

"India is a marvellous place in every way," said Miss Beattie, "but the less said about the political situa- tion the better. The more you see of India the less you really know. There is so much in the country." she added.

Travelling was made very much easier than in Australia, and in spite of war it was still well catered for in most parts. Refreshment rooms, although more limited, were well maintained.

Kashmir is one bf the few places that Miss Beattie has not yet visited.

The asphalt road from the bottom of the Nilgiri Hills to the top, and the railway, were a triumph for engineering, Miss Beattie said.

Referring to the voyage to Australia, which took three months, Miss Beattie said it was a test of patience, but it was amazing to see the strength of Britain in the various harbours

One of a party of six setting out from Madras in a captured German cargo ship, one of Hitler's "Strength through joy" ships, Miss Beattie lived for a time in the lap of luxury with private bathroom, and every appointment almost perfect in detail. After a short time at sea, however, the ship put back to port and the passengers spent a fortnight on board awaiting the next move. They were then sent to Calcutta to join another ship

Miss Beattie hopes to return to India in February, when she will take over the home side of the school.4

Estates Planned & Unplanned

The will left by Muriel Dennison Kronge reads as follows: ~She left her personal goods in Henron to the pupils, her real estate in India to the School, her money in the Bank in India to the school, and various bequests of money to the School, the Church and the Principal. This only applied if she was still a missionery in India. If she hhad ceased to be a missionery then her sister got the lot.

Voter Enrolements


  1. BDM in Australia, Aust Vital Records 1788-1905.
  2. BDM in Australia, Aust Vital Records 1788-1905, BEATTIE, Muriel Denison     CB 115165 Birth
         Sex:     Female     Father:     John Watt
                   Mother:     Cato Emily Cox
         Event Date:     01 Oct 1898
         Reg Year:     1898     Reg State:     Tasmania
         Ref Number:     939.     
  3. Tasmanian Family Link, online
  4. Trove Digitised Newspapers, The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954) Friday 6 July 1945 p 7 Article.
  5. Website ( "
    Australia, Electoral Rolls, 1903-1980 about Muriel Denison Kronge Beattie
    Name:      Muriel Denison Kronge Beattie
    Gender:      Female
    Electoral Year:      1922
    State:      Tasmania
    District:      Denison
    Subdistrict:      Hobart North."
  6. Website ( "
    Australia, Electoral Rolls, 1903-1980 about Muriel Denison Beattie
    Name:      Muriel Denison Beattie
    Gender:      Female
    Electoral Year:      1936
    State:      Tasmania
    District:      Denison
    Subdistrict:      Hobart North."