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'Mother, teacher, adviser and missionary' : Matilda Ward in North Queensland, 1891–1917

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posted on 2011-01-01, 00:00 authored by Joanna CruickshankJoanna Cruickshank
This chapter focuses on Matilda Ward, a missionary at the Presbyterian mission of Mapoon, north Queensland, and the first paid woman missionary to work on an Aboriginal mission. It examines the factors that led to Ward’s employment on the mission, the role that she played in the life of the mission and the consequences of her actions for Indigenous mission residents. While Matilda Ward was unusual for her time, her experience points to broader shifts in missionary practice and attitudes to gender within the Australian churches, particularly through the development of women’s missionary societies.

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Founders, firsts and feminists : women leaders in 20th-century Australia

Chapter number

2

Pagination

27 - 45

Publisher

eScholarship Research Centre, University of Melbourne

Place of publication

Melbourne, Vic.

ISBN-13

9781921775680

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Language

eng

Publication classification

B1 Book chapter

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2011, eScholarship Research Centre, University of Melbourne

Extent

20

Editor/Contributor(s)

F Davis, N Musgrove, J Smart

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