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A Gift for ACW

This week Australian Church Women (ACW) received a generous gift from a relative of Maisie McKenzie, the woman who began the Northern Territory Unit of ACW. Earlier in the year, when I posted a second blog article on Maisie, after discovering she was also a prolific author, I wrote:

‘Unfortunately, none of Maisie’s books are in the ACW National Archives, so I’m appealing to readers of this blog who may have a copy which they would like to donate to the ACW Archives to help us celebrate her life and ministry. A life and ministry that should not be forgotten by the members of ACW because of her significant contribution to our organisation.’

At the conclusion of the blog post, I also asked if anyone had a photo of Maisie that they would share with us and permit us to post a copy on our blog and add the photo to our ACW National Archive. From Maisie’s relative, we received several of her books and tucked into one of the books was a really nice photo of Maisie. She is photographed with Fred McKay at the launching of one of her books – Flynn’s Last Camp. Fred McKay succeeded John Flynn, the pioneer of the life-saving flying doctor service.

Maisie McKenzie with Fred McKay at the launching of 'Flynn's Last Camp'

Our ACW blog is proving to be a good way for us to connect with people who are able to add valuable records to our National Archives. I trust that all our members will remember our archives if and when they downsize their treasured ACW memories.


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This Herstory Blog of Australian Church Women Inc. tells the stories of the women and activities of this national Christian organisation that was founded in February 1965.

Stories that inspired and encouraged me to begin this blog and share their inspiration with you. Stories that need to be told so that the women of ACW can be honoured and celebrated for their achievements and experiences in local, national and international communities of faith. And, most importantly, stories that demonstrate being disciples of Jesus Christ firmly underpins all that Australian Church Women represents.

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