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metadata.territorywomen.dc.title: Myrtle Ellison
Name: Ellison, Myrtle Irene
Also known as: Lowe, Myrtle Irene
Date of Death: 2007-02-20
Place of Birth: Kalangadoo (S. Aust.)
Date of Birth: 1920-06-08
Place of Death: Willunga (S. Aust.)
Place of Burial: Willunga Uniting Cemetery (S. Aust.)
Occupation: Missionary
Biographical notes: Myrtle married Alfred Hurtle Miller Ellison they had seven children, four daughters and three sons. At the end of the Second World War she arrived on Goulbourn Island in the Northern Territory to spend eleven years there as a support to her mission superintendent husband with the Methodist Overseas Mission. In those days Darwin was very much a government town with few civilians and supplies came from the south at irregular intervals and Goulbourn was another 400 kilometres by sea or 300 kilometres by air for medical help. Before Goulbourn Island had a nurse, Myrtle ran the island’s dispensary and became a trusted midwife who was called out at all hours. As well as bringing up the family of seven children with the cooking and cleaning she assisted in all her husband’s enterprises including showing local Aboriginals how to plant tropical gardens with mangos, papaws, bananas and a variety of vegetables. She was the weather observer and became a proficient radio operator all under very difficult conditions. She also managed the island’s craft store and taught the women how to do dressmaking.
Related link: Northern Territory Women's Advisory Council. Northern Territory Women's Register 1948-1988. 2nd ed. ed. Darwin: Northern Territory Women's Advisory Council, 1991.
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