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I had gone to teach but stayed to learn: Geraldine MacKenzie at Aurukun Mission, 1925-1965
journal contributionposted on 2015-01-02, 00:00 authored by Joanna CruickshankJoanna Cruickshank, P Grimshaw
This article examines the missionary career of Geraldine MacKenzie who, with her husband Bill MacKenzie, served on the Presbyterian mission at Aurukun on the Cape York Peninsula between 1925 and 1965. It focuses primarily on MacKenzie’s own interpretation of and reflection on her experiences, as described in her memoir, Aurukun Diary. While the memoir elides some of the more controversial features of the MacKenzies’ tenure at Aurukun, it provides insights into the changing nature of missionary theology and practice on Aboriginal missions in the early twentieth century, particularly as they relate to the role of women—both missionaries and mission residents.