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Clive Lord Memorial Lecture: Teresa Hamilton in Tasmania: first-wave feminism in action

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Alexander, A (1997) Clive Lord Memorial Lecture: Teresa Hamilton in Tasmania: first-wave feminism in action. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, 131. pp. 1-11. ISSN 0080-4703

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Abstract

Teresa Hamilton arrived in Tasmania in March 1887, when her husband, Sir Robert Hamilton, became Governor. She undertook the
social activities expected of the governor's wife with panache but, being a forceful lady, she was imbued with new ideas of the activities
suitable for women, such as were becoming popular in Britain. She arranged, sometimes even delivering herself, lectures on health, diet,
sanitation, first aid, nursing and hygiene, open to women of all classes. She formed the Nursing Band which later became the District
Nursing Association and involved herself in a women's refuge home, education for girls, sanitary reform and temperance activity. Other
interests were women's sport, art and the still-existing Hamilton Literary Society. In two areas she encouraged women to influence public
opinion and try to change laws. Teresa Hamilton left Tasmania with its structure much as it had been before her arrival, but with women
of all classes shown how to play a more active role in that structure.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, RST, Van Diemens Land, natural history, science, ecology, taxonomy, botany, zoology, geology, geography, papers & proceedings, Australia, UTAS Library
Journal or Publication Title: Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 1-11
ISSN: 0080-4703
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
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Date Deposited: 22 May 2012 03:43
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2017 01:06
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