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Name: Caroline Hendra

Burial Number: 1442

Gender: Female

Occupation: Headmistress of Heene School

Distinction: Heene School Headmistress

Born: 00/00/1865

Died: 13/05/1930

Buried: 16/05/1930


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Although Caroline was born in Walthamstow, by the time of her baptism, her family had moved to Tottenham. Caroline’s father George was a gardener. She spent her early years living with her grandparents Joseph and Caroline Nash in Hertfordshire. By 1881, Caroline was teaching and in 1888, she was appointed headmistress at Heene School. Her salary in 1892 was £82 per annum. She boarded with a family in Heene Road and later moved to Tarring Road. In 1893, she saw the school go through the typhoid epidemic, the first child dying in January. The school remained open but some children stayed away. By August, there were 22 cases reported and the school attendance dropped to fifty. Caroline helped rebuild confidence over the next few years and saw the rebuilding of the infant’s school.
On 14 Feb 1906, Caroline married Frederick Hendra, a widower at Heene. As married women were not allowed to be teachers, Caroline had to resign her post. On the day of her wedding, there was a presentation from the school in the Church Room before the service. The school had been granted a day off to celebrate.
Frederick and Caroline moved to Wandsworth, where Frederick was a civil servant employed by the Post Office. Just before Caroline died in May 1930, the couple moved back to Worthing, living at Stone House in Stone Lane.
Frederick re-married in 1932 and died in 1934.

Researcher: Carol Sullivan

The Grave

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Location in Cemetery

Area: EB Row: 1 Plot: 26

Exact Location (what3words): half.engine.dinner

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In loving memory of my dear wife Caroline S Hendra (nee Bourn) Headmistress at Heene Schools for many years died 13th May 1930 aged 65 "His servants shall serve Him and they shall see His face"

Further Information


Name: Caroline Sarah Hendra

Gender: Female

Born: 00/00/1865

Town: Walthamstow

County: Essex

Country: England


Maiden Name:Bourn

Marriage Date: 14/2/1906

Spouse First Name: Frederick

Spouse Last Name: Hendra

Town of Marriage: Worthing

County of Marriage: Sussex

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 13/05/1930

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Stone House

Address line 3: Stone Lane

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


Worthing Herald 24th May 1930 – “Funeral of Mrs Hendra” The funeral took place on Friday at Heene of Mrs Caroline Sarah Hendra of Stone Lane, Salvington. The funeral was conducted by the Rev. J P Fallowes, vicar of Heene. The chief mourners were Mr Frederick Hendra (husband), Mr Frank Hendra (brother-in-law) and Mrs Frank Hendra, Mr Harry Hendra (brother-in-law) and Mrs Harry Hendra, Mr T G Channon, Miss Cass, Miss Fallowes and Mr and Mrs Parrish. Previous to her marriage 15 years ago, Mrs Hendra then Miss Bourn(e) was the headmistress of Heene School.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: No value recorded

Current value of effects: Not calculated

Census Information


59 Penwortham Road, Streatham

First name(s) Last name Relationship to head Sex Birth year Age Birth place Occupation Employer
Frederick Hendra
Male 1866 54 Chelsea, London Civil Servant Civil Servant L P S, G P O
Caroline Sarah Hendra
Female 1865 56 Walthamstow, Essex Home Duties Home Duties

Miscellaneous Information

Worthing Gazette 16 Feb 1906 –
“Choral Wedding at St Botolph’s this Afternoon” – Marriage of Miss Bourn – Interesting presentation at Heene Church Room- The interior of the Heene Church Room presented quite an animated appearance on Monday afternoon, with a large number of children from Heene School, together with parents and parishioners, gathered there for the purpose of making a presentation to Miss Bourn, the headmistress of the day school, who relinquished her duties on Saturday, after a period of service in the school extending over eighteen years on the occasion of her marriage.
The rector (Rev. J P Fallowes) presided and was supported by Mrs Fallowes, Mr E Bisshopp-Smith and Councillor W Sams. “Held in High Esteem” The presentation which consisted of a framed illuminated address, a crocodile-skin purse of gold, a mahogany escritoire, a brass fender and fire irons with coal box, an easy chair and a red letter prayer book from the parishioners, and a case of fish knives and forks and a case of servers from the Heene school scholars and teachers, past and present, was made by the rector, who, in a few happily chosen remarks, referred to the esteem in which Miss Bourn was held by all who knew her; to the approval which she had won from the officials, parishioners, teaching staff and scholars in her responsible and oft-time trying position; and congratulated her on coming to the end of her headmistresship with such credit to herself and with the goodwill of so many friends (applause). He had a pleasing duty to perform and that was to make several presentations.
The address which was a handsome one, was carried out he explained by Mr H C B Gibbs, the flowers painted round it being the work of Miss Beckles. It bore views of the Church, the School and the Church Room and was worded in the following manner:
The Managers, subscribers and friends of Heene National School tender to Miss Caroline Sarah Bourn this expression of their sense of her valuable and successful services as head-mistress of the school during the last eighteen years 1888-1906. They desire to testify to their admiration of her character and her beneficial influence over many hundreds of pupils, her pleasant relations with her staff of teachers and pupil teachers; and her tact and aptitude for overcoming difficulties. While regretting the loss of her services, they congratulate her on her marriage to Mr Frederick Hendra and as some token of their regard, request her acceptance of an escritoire, purse of money etc. with best wishes for her happiness in her married life. “From the Teachers and Scholars””
The letter which was given to Miss Bourn with the school’s presents was as follows: Dear Miss Bourn, we the teachers and scholars (past and present) and friends of Heene School, beg your acceptance of this small token of our regard for you and an appreciation of so many years work at the above school. At the same time, we offer our sincere congratulations on your approaching marriage, trusting that you may enjoy long and happy married life. This was signed by Miss Newman, Miss Card and about a hundred of the scholars.
Miss Bourn made a suitable reply remarking that she had to smile sweetly and say “thank you!”. She did thank them all very much indeed. She was afraid she could not make a speech; she did get it ready in the train, but it was all gone (laughter). She thanked them very much indeed (loud applause).
At the Chairman’s invitation, the children then gave three hearty cheers for Miss Bourn, the room ringing with their whole-hearted effort in this direction.