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Egan, Kathleen Mary (1890 - 1977)

16 December 1890
The Rock, Wagga Wagga District, New South Wales, Australia
17 June 1977
Waratah, New South Wales, Australia
Education reformer, Religious sister and Teacher
Alternative Names
  • Mary Madeleine Thérèse (religious name)


Described as a 'woman of great strength', Kathleen Egan was a Dominican Sister and educationist with a commitment to improving educational opportunities for children with hearing disabilities.

In 1931, after teaching in Tamworth and Mayfield, both in New South Wales, she was appointed to the Institution for the Deaf and Dumb at Waratah, Newcastle, New South Wales. Believing that 'the deaf child has tastes, dislikes, ambitions similar to those of her unhandicapped sister', she introduced the State curriculum (using conventional textbooks where possible) and was, thus, responsble for considerable reforms of education for the deaf in New South Wales.

Sources used to compile this entry: O'Brien, Anne, 'Egan, Kathleen Mary (1891-1977)', in Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, 2006,

Nikki Henningham

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