Maria Dyer , was a British Protestant Christian missionary to the Chinese in the Congregationalist tradition, who worked among the Chinese in Malaya.
She was the eldest daughter of Joseph Tarn, Director of London Missionary Society.
The Dyers lived in Malacca and then finally in Singapore. Maria was known for founding the oldest girls" school in Singapore and East Asia that still exists called Saint Margaret"s Primary School. Her husband died in Macau in 1843 before being able to bring his family to live in China itself at Fuzhou.
Samuel and Maria had five children: Maria Dyer (1829-1831), Samuel Dyer, Junior.
(1833-1898), Burella Hunter Dyer (1835-1858), Maria Jane Dyer (1837-1870), and Ebenezer Dyer (1842-aft October 1843).