Mrs von Blaramberg
Elizabeth von Blaramberg, nee Mantel, and her husband started the Te Aro Grammar School in Wellington and later taught at Matarawa, near Wanganui. They were also known under the name of Mr and Mrs Curtis. They moved to Palmerston North in about 1880 and in 1891 they started the Carow Ladies' College (or Carow Girls Collegiate School). An advertisement in the Manawatu Evening Standard for June 4 1896 reads, "Carow Girls' Collegiate School. OFF GREY STREET, Palmerston N, Will open on MONDAY NEXT. Principal [is] Mrs von Blaramberg. Mr von Blaramberg will instruct the pupils in English Languages and Mathematics. THE aim of the Principal will be to develop in her pupils individual intelligence and culture, real and lasting interest in study and for family and home life a true womanly character. The course includes all the branches of a Liberal Modern Education- English, Mathematics, Science, Drawing, Painting, French, German, Book-keeping, Typewriting, Shorthand, Music, Plain and Fancy Needlework. The utmost care and judgment are exercised in grading pupils for the different classes. A few very young children received in the Kindergarten. Terms (very reasonable) and further particulars on application." In later years, Mrs von Blaramberg taught music in a small private school building, which was owned by her husband and herself. This operation moved to the various residences that they lived in. Mrs von Blaramberg died at Aromoho, Wanganui, on 29th of August, 1938. Her husband, Cecil Augustus Victor Hortezzi de Cortando von Blaramberg, died on 27th August 1921 and is buried in the Old Gorge Cemetery in Woodville, New Zealand next to a son - Regionald de Cortando who was born in New Zealand in 1871 and died aged 25 in the Club Hotel in Woodville in 1896.