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The Women's Auxiliary to the Australian Board of Missions (1910 - )

From
1910
Occupations
Religious organisation and Philanthropic organisation
Website
http://www.abmission.org

Summary

The Australian Board of Missions formed in 1850 with the aim of converting the indigenous peoples of the islands around Australia to the Anglican faith. In 1910 it was decided to employ women in a fund-raising capacity by forming the Women's Auxiliary to the Australian Board of Missions. Beginning in New South Wales, Auxiliaries were attached to a particular diocese and by the 1980s were established in nineteen of the twenty four Australian dioceses. Initially, the funds raised went toward missionary training. More recently, they have been dedicated to specific projects such as the establishment of a training centre for lay, Indigenous evangelists

Details

Women involved in this group often saw their role as far more than simple fund-raising including also education and prayer.

Archival note:
Since, from its inception, women were elected from the Auxiliary to the Board, information about the groups activities may be found in the general records of the Australia Board of Missions from 1910.

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Archival resources

Archives Office of Tasmania

  • Australian Board of Missions, Women's Auxiliary, All Saints Parish, 1915 - 1962, NS 354/12-19 and 354/24-26; Archives Office of Tasmania. Details
  • Australian Board of Missions, Women's Auxiliary, St Mary's Church of England, Moonah, 1964 - 1986, NS 1253/47; Archives Office of Tasmania. Details
  • Tasmanian Board of Missions Women's Auxiliary, Tasmanian Branch, 1937 - 1941, NS 397; Archives Office of Tasmania. Details

Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales

  • Board of Mission (Australia) - further records, 1887 - 1996, MLMSS 4503 ADD-ON 2226; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details

National Library of Australia

  • Australian Board of Missions: Ephemera material collected by the National Library of Australia, Ephemera (General); National Library of Australia. Details
  • Parish letters, newsheets and articles relating to the activities of the Australian Board of Missions in Australia and Papua New Guinea, 1927 - 1945, FERG/2155; National Library of Australia. Details

State Library of New South Wales

  • Australia Board of Missions Women's Auxiliary Leaflets, 266/A; State Library of New South Wales. Details

Jane Carey

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