Elspeth Kennedy, New Zealand sharebroker and community leader, Died at 85


Elspeth Cantlie Kennedy, birth name Elsie Cantlie Myron was born on April 3, 1931, in Invercargill, and died on January 8, 2017.

She was a New Zealand sharebroker and community leader.

Kennedy was the first woman in New Zealand to be elected as a member of a metropolitan stock exchange, and the first to run her own broking firm.

She chaired the Nelson Tasman Hospice Trust from 1998 to 2014.

She was educated at Southland Girls’ High School.

Kennedy showed early business acumen, running her grandfather’s coal retailing business when she was just 17 years old, and then worked at the Invercargill City Council where she became credit manager at the age of 20 years.

During 1952 she went to Britain to study singing, qualifying as a Fellow of Trinity College London.

Elspeth Kennedy passed away at 85 years old.