Isle of Wight Hidden Heroes

Christabella Millgate she took on the role of Mayoress of Newport in 1911 at the age of twelve.

Christabella Millgate was the daughter of John Curtis Millgate, Mayor of Newport.

Her mother being deceased, she took on the role of Mayoress of Newport in 1911 at the age of twelve.

Although she was the youngest mayoress in England it was recorded that "she performs acceptably the duties of the position on all public occasions".

Her public acts included:

  • presenting prizes at the Newport Council Schools to the best girls in the various departments;
  • opening a ladies’ branch of the Newport Literary Society, with the presentation of a handsome clock; and helping to entertain the aged poor at a New Year tea.

At the end of her year as mayoress she was presented with a gold bracelet as a "souvenir of her Father's Mayoralty 1911-1912".

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At the Museum of Island History exhibition from 2nd January-30th June 2018.

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At the Museum of Island History exhibition from 2nd January-30th June 2018.

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