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metadata.territorywomen.dc.title: Ida Standley
Name: Standley, Ida
Also known as: Woodcock, Ida
Date of Death: 1948-05-29
Place of Birth: Adelaide (S.A.)
Date of Birth: 1869-01-19
Place of Death: Sydney (N.S.W.)
Place of Burial: Frenchs Forest (N.S.W.)
Occupation: Teacher
Biographical notes: After thirty years of teaching, often in one teacher schools, Ida Standley came to Stuart (later known as Alice Springs) in 1914 to open and run its first school. The only space available for the school was an empty police cell. In the same year, an Aboriginal woman called Topsy Smith came to Alice Springs from Arltunga and with her came a number of half-caste children. Initially accommodation for these children was limited to a tent but then a stone and iron hut was built to house the children. It became known as the ‘Bungalow’. Due to Government policy of separating half-caste children from their families, many more children came to live at the Bungalow. Ida Standley accepted the position of matron and along with Topsy Smith, they cared for and protected many children. For many years Ida taught the white children from 8.30 am to 1pm and the part Aboriginal children from 3pm to 4.30pm. After 15 years of teaching in Alice Springs, Ida Standley retired due to ill health in 1929. She was 60 years old. Source: Northern Territory dictionary of biography. Darwin : Charles Darwin University Press, 2008.
Honours and Awards: Member of the Order of the British Empire 1929.
Related link: Trove : Mrs Standley leaving for Oodnadatta
Trove : Sports day
Trove : Ida Standley
Trove : Mrs Standley and us out at the Jay
Australian Dictionary of Biography : Standley, Ida (1869-1948).
"In the heart of Australia : A woman's work", The Argus, Friday 9 February 1923, p.12.
"Birthday Honors", Northern Territory Times, Tuesday 4 June 1929. p.2
ABC : Aboriginal Australia: The Unfinished Business - Places. 2001
Related Materials: Northern Territory dictionary of biography. Darwin : Charles Darwin University Press, 2008. NTC 920.9429 NORT
Brown, Shirley. Legends of the red heart : twenty-six heroes of inland Australia. Rockhampton, Qld. : Central Queensland University Press, 2002. NTC B994.0099 BROW
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