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Helena Ernstone

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Helena Ernstone

by Unknown photographer
woodburytype, 1870s
3 1/2 in. x 2 3/8 in. (90 mm x 60 mm) image size
acquired F.J. Eberlen, 1978
Photographs Collection
NPG Ax7723

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William Edward Forster's Education Act is passed, making provisions for education for all under-13s. It demonstrated the balance in Gladstone's first ministry between progressive reform and conservativism by spreading literacy, whilst maintaining the status of Church schools.
The Married Women's Property Act gives wives rights over their own earnings.

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The Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's fantasy-overture Romeo and Juliet, based on Shakespeare's play and written with the aid of composer Mily Balakirev, debuts in Moscow, conducted by Nikolai Rubenstein.
W. G. Grace becomes cricket captain of Gloucestershire, marking the start of a successful decade for the club in which they won three 'Champion County' titles.


Isaac Butt, an Irish MP at Westminster, forms the Home Rule Association.
The Franco-Prussian war breaks out between France and a coalition of German states led by Prussia. Provoked by the candidacy of German Prince Leopold Hohenzollen-Sigmaringen for the Spanish throne, France declared war in July after Bismark published the deliberately provocative Ems telegraph, in which the French were represented in an offensive light on the issue.

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Ram Gulrajani

5 September 2017, 21:24

The following information may help?
This Lady is Helena Cécile Ernstone. She was an English actress who appeared in London theatres from 1867 to 1881. Her maiden name was Hélène Cecilia Schott and she was born in Gibraltar circa 1841

Helena was the fourth daughter of Adam Joseph Schott (1794–1864), the youngest of five children of Bernhard Schott, the founder of German music publisher (B. Schott's Söhne). After establishing several international branches for the firm, Adam left to pursue a musical career, performing in New York during 1830/1. He then became bandmaster of the 79th Regiment, serving in Quebec and Toronto, before a period with the 79th in Britain and then Gibraltar. He left the 79th there to become bandmaster of Grenadier Guards 1844-1856. Adam died in India (Kirkee, 1864), as bandmaster of Royal Artillery there.

I am wondering if these Schott were the same family of the Patio Schott building of Castle Road, opposite the Sacred Heart Cathedral ~ Perhaps our ace researcher Alex Panayotti can throw more light on the question? :)

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