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Martha Mault

Martha Mault, née Mead (1794-1870) of St Neots, Huntingdonshire (descendant of Oliver Cromwell - compare with picture below). Married Rev Charles Mault at St Neots 1818. Arrived Nagercoil 1819. She took up the cause of female education and welfare. Opened first girls boarding school in South India 1821. Introduced lace-making for her students and among local women which became a major local industry. "The lace industry started by the missionaries grew to large proportions and continues to this day, making available most beautiful hand-made lace that will rival any made in the world" - Hatch EG "Travancore: A Guide Book for Visitors" (OUP 1933). She bore 5 children. Returned to England for her health and her children's education 1834-35. Left India with her husband 1854. Died in London 1870. [no relation of Charles Mead]

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