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metadata.territorywomen.dc.title: Louisa Gladys Cross
Name: Cross, Louisa Gladys
Also known as: Mortensen, Louisa Gladys
Date of Death: 1973-07-22
Place of Birth: North Fitzroy (Vic.)
Date of Birth: 1884-10-07
Place of Death: East Malvern (Vic.)
Place of Burial: Melbourne (Vic.)
Occupation: Teacher
Biographical notes: Louisa Cross is known for her work with the Church Missionary Society in Arnhem Land and Groote Island. Cross was educated at Essendon State School, Blinkbonnie Ladies College, and later attended Melbourne University in 1900. Cross travelled to the Roper-River Mission in March 1919 and spent the next 17 years teaching at Roper River and Groote Island. She started a Girl Guide troop amongst the students on Groote Island. She retired on the grounds of ill health in 1937 and returned to Melbourne. At the age of 57 she married Charles Erland Mortensen. Louisa died on 22 July 1973, and donated her body to the Anatomy Department at Melbourne University. There are four photographs of Louisa in ‘Groote Eylandt mission’, By Keith Cole. Source: Northern Territory dictionary of biography. Darwin : Charles Darwin University Press, 2008.
Related link: PictureNT : Miss Cross rendering medical attention, Groote Eylandt
PictureNT : Missionaries
Related Materials: Records held at the Northern Territory Archives COLE, KEITH (DR) NTRS 694 Records, photographs and research material about mission life in Northern Australia 1915-1985. DOVE, E.I.M. (MAY) NTRS 685 Personal records collected whilst a missionary in Northern Australian and in Victoria 1923-1961. DYER, ALFRED J.(REV.) NTRS 693 Records relating to mission life in Northern Australia 1907-1966. PERRIMAN, H.L.(LES) NTRS 337 Personal records and photographs relating to Groote Eylandt Mission and Aborigines in Northern Australia 1921-1972. WARREN, HUBERT ERNEST (REV.) NTRS 690 Photographs relating to Roper River Mission Station and Darwin 1913-1915. HART, K.W. NTRS 703 Papers relating to the Church Missionary Society including baptism lists, Correspondence, photographs and church newsletters 1918-1985.
Northern Territory dictionary of biography. Darwin : Charles Darwin University Press, 2008. NTC 920.9429 NORT
Cole, Keith. A history of the Church Missionary Society of Australia. Melbourne : Church Missionary Historical Publications, 1971. NTC 266.394 COL
Cole, Keith. Groote Eylandt mission. Melbourne : Church Missionary Historical Publications, 1971. NTC 266.39429 COL
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