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'I had more children than most people': Single Women's Missionary Maternalism in Arnhem Land, 1908-1945

Rademaker, Laura


This article will consider how single missionary women of the Church Missionary Society in Arnhem Land in the early twentieth century established themselves as mothers of Aboriginal people. It opens with a discussion of how fears of imperial decline shaped expectations of motherhood. British women were to ensure the future of 'the race' through motherhood. It then discusses the evangelical belief in children's need for special attention with regards to the widespread understanding of Australian...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: Lilith: A Feminist History Journal
Access Rights: Open Access


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