- 4 May 1822
Ashton, Devon, England
- 5 August 1907
Sandgate, Queensland, Australia
- Welfare Worker
- Alternative Names
- Cornish, Ann (Birth Name)
Ann Drew settled in Toowong, with her husband Richard Langler Drew in the early 1860s. Over the next four decades Ann advocated and helped administer an array of welfare institutions. Most importantly, in April 1871 she founded the Female Refuge and Infants' Home ('Mrs Drew's Home') for young single mothers and their babies. Initially funded by Ann and her friends, the refuge eventually gained government assistance, however, this funding was withdrawn in 1900.
As lady president of the Social Purity Society, Ann was involved in the establishment of Lady Musgrave Lodge (1891-1892) as a hostel and training place for immigrants and other 'friendless' girls. She also took part in agitation to repeal the Contagious Diseases Act of 1868 and held the position of secretary of the committee of the Lady Bowen Hospital from 1870 to 1879. In 1906 Ann Drew retired as 'Foundress and Superintendent' of the Female Refuge and Infants' Home.