- 19 Mar 1991
- Patterson, Grace Marion, 1899-1996
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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