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  • Title
    Reverend Dorothy McRae-McMahon further papers, ca. 1964-1996
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  • Call number
    MLMSS 8154
  • Level of description
  • Date

    ca. 1964-1995
  • Type of material
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  • Physical Description
    0.16 metres of textual material (1 box)

    Dorothy McRae-McMahon was born in Zeehan, Tasmania in 1934 then spent her high school years in Ballarat, Victoria. She married Barrie McMahon in 1956, with whom she has four children. When Barrie was transferred to Sydney in 1964 Dorothy became involved with the peace movement and joined the Labor Party.

    Dorothy started training for the ministry part-time in 1976 while also working part-time with the Ecumenical Council. Her first and only parish (from 1982) was the Pitt Street Uniting Church in Sydney. She gained prominence during the late 1980s for her stand against the right wing Australian National Action and their attacks on the Pitt Street Uniting Church. Sydney and its congregation. Following this role she applied to become National Director for Mission in 1992.

    In 1987 Dorothy decided on her sexuality as a lesbian and ended her marriage. She made her sexuality public in 1997.

    Dorothy has been awarded the Jubilee Medal from Queen for work with women in NSW (1977), Australian Government Peace Award (1986), The Australian Human Rights Medal (1988), and holds an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Macquarie University (1992).

    Library correspondence file
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  • Scope and Content
    Folder 1
    Papers and correspondence relating to issues of racism, treatment of Aborigines, violence, and participation in the Gulf War. Includes colour photographs of racist graffiti in 1989 taken by Michael Powell, 1986-1991

    Folder 2
    Papers, services, reports, and essays predominantly by Dorothy McRae-McMahon on the Uniting Church, the Church and social issues, feminist theology, contemporary cultures, mental health, etc., ca. 1987-1996

    Folder 3
    Published articles by Dorothy McRae-McMahon and book chapter by Samantha Trenoweth, 1987-1995

    Folder 4
    Papers, correspondence on issues relating to the Uniting Church Pitt Street, including lectures, Parish members. ordination, newsletters, reports, etc. Includes material relating to a 1990 Covenant Service for the blessing ceremony of a homosexual relationship, ca. 1982-1995

    Folder 5
    Newspaper clippings, photographs, correspondence, and invitations, 1964-1993
  • Copying Conditions
    Copyright status:: In copyright - This collection has multiple rights owners
    Approval for reproduction required:
    Please acknowledge:: Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • Description source

    Information upgraded as part of the Manuscripts Unprocessed eRecords Project 2011-2012
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