Learmonth Dalrymple was born in Scotland and later in life traveled to New Zealand with her father,brother and sisters sadly after her mother died.
By 1857 they had settled on a farm at Kaihiku in South Otago. Learmonth had a wonderful house and established the first Sunday School there. While conducting a successful political career, she would also front her campaigns for educational rights for women.
Learmonth Dalrymple had made it her life’s mission to extend the opportunities for girls in the colony. In 1863 she began campaigning for a girls’ high school in Otago, providing the brains and organisation for the movement
She was a loved lady
After seven years of writing pamphlets and letters there were over 700 of them, Learmouth Dalrymple saw Otago Girls High School open in 1871. The same year she led a successful campaign to persuade the new University of Otago to admit women as students.
She was also involved women’s suffrage. In 1881 she and her father moved to Feilding where she remained after his death the following year. She took a leading role in the Women’s Christian Temperance Union there and headed the Feilding branch in the suffrage campaign.
She later went to Dunedin where she died in 1906. Although clearly an effective campaigner, Learmonth Dalrymple was always the ‘perfect Victorian lady’, using others to front her campaigns publicly. Her Motto was always 'The Path of Duty'