Annie Lock was an eccentric missionary, admirable and deplorable in equal measures, described as ‘lovely’ by some and ‘a crank’ by others. She worked across Australia between 1903 and 1937, hitting headlines for ‘living with naked blacks’ and reportedly being ‘happy to marry’ an Aboriginal man.
Join Catherine Bishop as she introduces us to the unforgettable Annie, the subject of her new biography Too Much Cabbage and Jesus Christ, as Annie encountered child removal, school segregation, prejudice, violence and massacre, but also moments of connection and empathy, with Indigenous communities exercising power and agency and finding their missionary as ‘a useful accessory’.
About the speaker: Dr Catherine Bishop is the author of Too Much Cabbage and Jesus Christ: Australia’s ‘Mission Girl’ Annie Lock (2021), Women Mean Business: Colonial Businesswomen in New Zealand (2019), the award-winning Minding Her Own Business: Colonial Businesswomen in New South Wales (2015), and the co-editor, with Jennifer Aston, of Female Entrepreneurs in the Long Nineteenth Century: A Global Perspective (2020). She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Macquarie University, researching 20th Century Australian businesswomen, and is writing two books, The World We Want: Creating Global Citizens in Cold War Youth Forums, and Blackmail Bigamy and Bonking: Businesswomen of the Belgravia.