Marguerite Fleuty was a Swiss national who came to HK in 1935 and had a kindergarten in Peak Mansions.
During the war she worked as a nurse in the French Hospital and after HK was liberated, she moved to Aigburth Hall -- and that's where I went until I was old enough to go to Quarry Bay School. I believe she also used to give French lessons to adults as well.
Sadly she died in her sleep on New Year's Day in 1963 :(
She really was a lovely lady and it was so obvious that she loved teaching us kids and seeing us blossom !
I've got a little bit more information about Miss Fleuty ...
She was born in 1899 and originally came to the East in the 1920s to teach the children of Sir Herbert Phillips, British Consul-General and was also a governess in Harbin.
Oh yes I well remember Madame Fleuty. I went to learn French at her Aigburth Hall flat. Got stuck in the lift once as the door didn't close properly and screamed b... murder. Double iron gates if I remember correctly. She had a huge parrot or macaw in her bedroom. It was magnificant and she gave me the odd feather which had fallen off. Very colourful. What a character. I wasn't in the photo as I was just 4 at the time. I never knew she was Swiss though.
Hi Peter, that double-gate
Hi Peter, that double-gate lift became famous later in life:
I had French lessons at her Aigburth Hall flat as well and can also remember that cranky old lift!