Liverpool History Society Questions

A selection of Liverpool history questions submitted to the Liverpool History Society

The King and I Governess

Hello Rob,

could you please confirm whether the real King of Siam Governess was originally from Liverpool.


Phil Wolds

Anna Leonowens (26 November 1831–19 January 1915)

26/11/2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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  1. Hello Phil,

    “Anna Leonowens was an Anglo-Indian educator, and social activist, known for working in Siam from 1862–1868, where she taught the wives and children of Mongkut , king of Siam . She is also known for co-founding the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design . Leonowens's experiences in Siam were fictionalised in Margaret Landon's 1944 bestselling novel Anna and the King of Siam and in various films and television miniseries based on the book, most notably Rodgers and Hammerstein 's 1951 hit musical The King and I .

    She was born Anna Harriette Edwards in Ahmadnagar, India in 1831. The second daughter of Sergeant Thomas Edwards of the Sappers and Miners, a former London cabinetmaker, and his Anglo-Indian wife, Mary Anne Glasscott, daughter of a lieutenant in the Bombay Army. I n later life Leonowens was estranged from her family and took pains to disguise her modest origins by writing that she had been born a Crawford in Caernarfon and giving her father's rank as captain.”


    Rob Ainsworth
    Liverpool History Society

    Comment by Liverpool History | 26/11/2010 | Reply

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