Helen Connon of Christchurch was the first woman in the British empire to gain a university degree with honours, in 1881.
Fifteen years after her death Helen Connon Hall was opened at Canterbury University in 1918. It was a hostel for women students. Initially there were just 6, but the numbers steadily grew.
Pat Syme was one of the residents of Connon Hall, and has contributed to a book, called Connon Girls, which tells the story of this womens' hostel and the early pioneers of women's tertiary education.
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