Interview with Grace Patterson

Date
19 Mar 1991
By
Patterson, Grace Marion, 1899-1996
Ref
OHInt-0087/1
Description

Grace Marion Patterson born Wellington, 1899. Outlines family background - father a banker and a lay preacher at Khandallah Parish, mother a graduate teacher, with advanced child-rearing and educational philosophy. Talks about carefree childhood which fostered independent thought and action. Describes university life post World War I as a time of `youth in revolt' with reference to Professor Hunter. Mentions PG (Parent and Guardian) group. Discusses involvement with the Student Christian Movement and decision to choose a missionary vocation in India. Describes: journey and introduction to Bombay; train journey to Calcutta, then to Darjeeling; nature of her work as an educational missionary concentrating on the gospel and also recognising the need for better educational and medical services. Explains the development of the mission and talks about specialist missionaries from the Church of Scotland - medical workers, social workers, community workers and teachers. Discusses the education system in India and types of schools. Talks about the leading New Zealand educational missionary, Dr Morton Ryburn. Describes political change in India during her first 20 years (1928-1948) with reference to the `Quit India Campaign'. Describes the effect of World War II and the shortage of missionary staff and funds. Discusses partnership between the churches who had organised the missionary initiative and the Church of North India. Describes work at Sikkim. Mentions Mary Scott. Describes Girls High School built in 1945 and run the missionaries. Describes official opening by Lord Wavell and blessing by Buddhist Llamas, Hindu priests and Christian Church.

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Venue - Lower Hutt

Interviewer(s) - Esme Jenkin

Venue - Woburn Presbyterian Home, Lower Hutt

Arrangement: Tape numbers - OHC-004543-OHC-004547

Quantity: 5 C60 cassette(s). 1 printed abstract(s). 5 Hours Duration.

Finding Aids: Abstract Available - abstracting complete AB-0791.

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Original recordings not available for playback. Surrogate copies will be provided.

Alternative form available: Listening copies OHLC-002965 - OHLC-002969

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Format
5 C60 cassette(s), 1 printed abstract(s), 5 Hours Duration, Oral histories
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Date: 19 March 1991 From: Woburn Presbyterian Home Oral History Project. Ref: OHC-004544 Description: Recorded by - Esme Jenkin Arrangement: Tape sequence - tape 2 of 5 Quantity: 1 C60 cassette(s). 1 Hours Duration.
Date: 19 March 1991 From: Woburn Presbyterian Home Oral History Project. Ref: OHC-004543 Description: Recorded by - Esme Jenkin Arrangement: Tape sequence - tape 1 of 5 Quantity: 1 C60 cassette(s). 1 Hours Duration.
Date: 19 March 1991 From: Woburn Presbyterian Home Oral History Project. Ref: OHA-0791 Description: Quantity: 1 printed abstract(s). 5 Hours Duration.
Date: 19 March 1991 From: Woburn Presbyterian Home Oral History Project. Ref: OHC-004547 Description: Recorded by - Esme Jenkin Arrangement: Tape numbers - tape 5 of 5 Quantity: 1 C60 cassette(s). 1 Hours Duration.
Date: 19 March 1991 From: Woburn Presbyterian Home Oral History Project. Ref: OHC-004546 Description: Recorded by - Esme Jenkin Arrangement: Tape sequence - tape 4 of 5 Quantity: 1 C60 cassette(s). 1 Hours Duration.
Date: 19 March 1991 From: Woburn Presbyterian Home Oral History Project. Ref: OHC-004545 Description: Recorded by - Esme Jenkin Arrangement: Tape sequence - tape 3 of 5 Quantity: 1 C60 cassette(s). 1 Hours Duration.