June Meeting: Lizzy Humphries: Lady Globetrotter by Rob Hamilton







Following a  late cancellation Rob Hamilton stepped up to offer a  replacement for our June meeting. We were not to be disappointed. The subject of Rob’s talk had its origins in a Courier newspaper article in August 1914 reporting on a locally born woman, Lizzie Humphries, who had been forced by the war’s outbreak to cut short a walk around the world.  Despite the story’s remarkable content the woman she did not appear in the newspaper again. Rob Hamilton made a number of research inquiries but the details remained elusive. Everything changed with the revelation that Lizzy Humphries’ extensive personal collection still existed and was being held by her great nephew David Marcer in Sheffield. Rob has spent considerable time analysing the collection and this month’s talk was the fascinating result of it. It is a remarkable story with lots of human interest that Rob has done full justice to. Rob continues to research the story with a lot of attention now turning to America, Lizzy’s adopted home. There are plans to publish and it will be a book not to be missed.