Glass slide of Emma Hardinge Britten
Emma Hardinge Britten (1823–99) was an English leader in the early spiritualist movement. As a child she developed a reputation for her apparent abilities as a spirit medium and for predicting people's futures.
She visited the US and attended seances where she had mystical experiences. Eventually she was invited by the famous spiritualist, Horace Day, to host seances. She went on to became a 'trance lecturer' and delivered speeches across the country.
From 1878 to 1879, Britten and her husband worked as spiritualist missionaries in Australia and New Zealand.