Public Talk: ‘Misguided Crank? Missionary Annie Lock in Central Australia’ by Dr Cath Bishop

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Annie Lock was labelled by the Enquiry into the Coniston Massacre as ‘a woman missionary living amongst naked blacks thus lowering their respect for white people’. A visiting doctor described her as a ‘misguided crank’.

To others, however, Lock was a missionary heroine – nursing the sick, caring for children and demanding the protection of Aboriginal women from white men and helping to publicise the Coniston Massacre. She features in the Herstory Archive of the National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame here in Alice Springs.

How does one write the biography of such a deeply divisive character?
Join award-winning historian Dr Catherine Bishop, who has been haunted by Annie Lock for over 25 years, as she navigates the biography of a controversial character, who left an indelible imprint on many lives.

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