1869 - 1946

Elsie Hubbard was born at Ecclesall Bierlow, Sheffield on 25 November 1869, daughter of William Hubbard (19 July 1840-6 November 1903), a minister of the Free Church, and his wife Eliza Caughey Unwin (1844-29 March 1897), second daughter of John Unwin, a cutlery manufacturer of Sheffield, who married at the Free Methodist Chapel, Mount Tabor, Sheffield on 17 February 1869. In 1871, Elsie was a one-year-old, living at Brompton Grove, Cheetham, Prestwich, Manchester with her parents, 36-year-old William and 26-year-old Eliza and a 3-month-old sibling Bertha and in 1881 they were living at 5 Smedley Road, Cheetham. In 1885 William and his family came to Ipswich when William became minister at Tacket Street Church and in 1891, Elsie was a 21-year-old mother's help, living at Caithness House, Anglesea Road, Ipswich with her parents and sibling brothers, Ernest 19 and William 12. Elsie studied at Ipswich School of Scient and Art from 1895, taking her evening examinations in 1900 and in 1901 was commended by Ipswich University Extension Society. Her mother died at Gyppeswyk Road, Ipswich in 1897, aged 51, when Elsie became a higher elementary school teacher and her father, who had become paralysed in 1894, died at 143 Woodbridge Road, Ipswich in 1903, when Elsie, together with a former boarder with the Hubbard's, Julia Woods, also a teacher, moved to 24 Freehold Road, Ipswich. Elsie was a member of the Ipswich Art Club 1913-1935 and exhibited from 24 Freehold Road, Ipswich in 1914, watercolours 'The Cliffs at Dunwich', in 1915 'The River near Nacton' and 'Blue Bell Time', in 1916 'A Tadnoll Mill', in 1921 'Westleton Heath' and in 1925 'The Quantocks, from Burnham Sands' and in 1933 exhibited from Woodcotes, Lelant, Cornwall, an oil 'Street Study' and two watercolours 'The River Lelant' and 'Victoria Place, St Ives'. In 1939, a retired school mistress, living at Saint Neots Villas, Woodcote, Lelant, St Ives, Cornwall. Elsie Hubbard died at 6 Park Avenue, St Ives, Cornwall on 21 June 1946, aged 76, she was unmarried.