Georgiana Collin was born in Merton. In 1838 she married James Morson, a young doctor at St. George's Hospital. Soon after their marriage he obtained the post as Chief Medical Officer for the Brazilian National Mining Association. James Morson died in 1848 leaving his wife with three young children.
On her return to London in 1849, Georgiana Morson was appointed as matron of Urania Cottage. It was not long before Charles Dickens was writing to Angela Burdett-Coutts that she looked "very promising" and "I have a strong hope that she is exactly the person we have always wanted." Morson provided them with good food, an orderly life, training in reading, writing, sewing, domestic work, cooking and laundering. It has been claimed that she looked after them so well that they wept when they parted from her.
Jenny Hartley, the author of Charles Dickens and the House of Fallen Women (2008) has pointed out: "Over the next five years Georgiana Morson proved herself the best matron Urania ever had.... At Urania she taught the girls to read and write, as well as all the household skills a servant needed. She presided over the dining table, and made mealtimes a social occasion the girls had not known before. They ate the good food she had taught them to cook and chattered about their future prospects. Senior girls about to emigrate sat at her end of the table, listening with amazement to her traveller's tales. They were both excited and reassured. If she could cope on her own, perhaps they could too."
Georgiana Morson resigned in 1854 to marry George Wade Harrison, a successful printer and bookseller, and set up home in Sevenoaks. She was replaced by Lucy Marchmont, a widow in her early forties.