Rachel Parsons

  • Description

    "Rachel Parsons (1885–1956) was one of the most remarkable and trailblazing women of her generation, but – like so many women who achieved greatness and notoriety in their own time – she has disappeared from the pages of history. When she was bludgeoned to death in July 1956 at her Newmarket racing stable, Rachel was numbered among the richest people in Britain, well known in the highest social circles. She loved fast cars, fast boats and fast horses – and she had a passion for the movies. With her flame-red hair, and often festooned in furs and jewels, she might once have imagined herself a goddess of the silver screen. A scion of the Anglo-Irish earls of Rosse, Rachel seemed in her youth to have the world at her feet. From both sides of her family she inherited brilliance, ingenuity and a fearless iconoclasm. In 1910, she became the first woman to read Mechanical Sciences at Cambridge University. She sailed the Atlantic aboard Mauretania, a record-breaking passenger liner driven by steam turbines – an invention of her father, Charles Parsons. She became a director of Charles’s engineering business on the River Tyne, and during the First World War helped to train some of the million women who entered the munitions factories, where they learned to do everything from assembling aircraft to making telescopes, periscopes, searchlights and shells......"
  • Owner

    The Genius of the Pasons Family
  • Source

    Local (Co-Curate)
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  • Further information

    Link: https://parsonstown.info/people/rachel-parsons
    Resource type: Text/Website
    Added by: Peter Smith
    Last modified: 1 year, 8 months ago
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