Miss M.E. Moore

no-picture-square3Miss Minnie Emily Moore, F.S.S.A., 61, (1871-1961) may well have been the first woman to be accepted into the male dominated accounting profession and she served as the auditor for the Six Point Group. Otherwise she seems to have kept a relatively low profile. The daughter of a clergyman for the Isle of Man.

puzzle-piece2-50is there more (no pun intended) we can discover about Minnie Emily Moore?


My suggested plan for the table: of Abbott, Slimon, McFarlane, Helen Archdale, Mayo, Marsh, Betty Archdale and Moore – would allow Minnie to spend time with the up-and-coming barrister-in-training Betty Archdale, very much the next generation of this table breaking into hallowed male preserves, while perhaps plotting the next moves of the Six Point Group with Elizabeth Abbott.


Perhaps she was the accountant for others in this circle. It is also possible she was planning to move residence at this time. But otherwise we have little to contribute for now.


Minnie Emily Moore was born on 1st June 1871, baptised 9th July 1871, in Pitchcombe, Gloucs, the eldest of eight children born to Emma Cole (1843 – 1887) and Philip Hughes Moore, (1839 – 1914) an Isle of Man-born clergyman (Established Church). Her mother died in 1877, when Minnie was 15.

Emma Moore née Cole; Philip Hughes Moore, brother George Augustus Moore (1880 – 1924 in South Africa)

Educated at Girton College, Cambridge. 1892-1895 (Mathematics Tripos) Minnie may have been the first woman graduate to enter the accounting profession. In 1911, at the age of 39 – of no profession – she was living with her father in North Shields, Northumberland. She was accepted as an Incorporated Accountant associate on 19th January 1922 and became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Incorporated Accountants and Auditors).[1] [2] Her presence at the dinner will have been undoubtedly linked to the fact that she was the Hon. Auditor of the Six Point Group. Her business address was M.E.Moore & Co., 46 Datchet House, Augustus Street, NW1, her electoral roll address in 1934. In 1932 her electoral roll address was 83 Walterton Road, Paddington with a family of four named Headland.


All we know for now is that Minnie died on 8th January 1961 in Mannin Infirmary, Braddan, IoM, when resident at 35 Arbory Street, Castleton, Isle of Man, probate to a John Frank Renwick, solicitor attorney of Ramsey Bignall Moore, a second cousin who became the Attorney General of the Isle of Man.


[1] Girton College Register 1869 – 1946, cited in Anne Laurence, Josephine Maltby, Janette Rutterford (eds) Women and Their Money 1700-1950: Essays on Women and Finance, Routledge 2008, note 30 on p213 referenced from p200, Chapter 14 by John Black. Sourced online 11.1.2018, no longer accessible http://thesispublication.com/wp-content/uploads/Anne_Laurence_History_of_Women_as_Investors_RoBookFi.pdf

[2] Miss Minnie Emily Moore, Hutchinson’s Woman’s Who’s Who 1934, Hutchinson & Co. London.

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