Anderson, Maybanke (1845-1927)

Also known as
Anderson, Francis, (Mrs) (1845-1927)
Anderson, Francis (1845-1927)
Anderson, Maybanke
Anderson, Maybanke Susannah (1845-1927)
Lois (1845-1927)
Selfe, Maybanke (1845-1927)
Selfe, Maybanke Susannah (1845-1927)
Selfe, Maybanke SusannahWolstenholme, Maybanke Susannah (1845-1927)
Wolstenholme, M. S. (Maybanke Susannah) (1845-1927)
Wolstenholme, Maybanke (1845-1927)
Wolstenholme, Maybanke Susannah (1845-1927)
Wolstenholme, MS (1845-1927)
Field of activity
Feminist; Journalist; Activist; teacher; suffragist; songwriter; author; Educationist
Libraries Australia
http://nla.gov.au/anbd.aut-an35072622
NLA Persistent Identifier
https://nla.gov.au/nla.party-466159

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Maybanke Susannah Anderson (1845-1927), feminist and educationist, was born on 16 February 1845 at Kingston-on-Thames, Surrey, England, daughter of Henry Selfe, plumber, and his wife Elizabeth, née Smith....

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Author and committee member Maybanke Anderson was a vociferous advocate for women. She founded and edited the fortnightly paper, .

Maybanke Susannah Selfe, as she was born, married Edmund Kay Wolstenholme in 1867. They lived in Balmain, then Marrickville, before Wolstenholme deserted his wife in 1884. Maybanke established her own school, Maybanke College, and built up a solid reputation based upon the success of her pupils. She formally divorced Wolstenholme in 1892.

From 1891, Maybanke Wolstenholme was a foundation vice-president of the Womanhood Suffrage League of New South Wales, becoming president in 1893. She was also a member of the Women's Literary Society. From 1894 she began publishing and editing her own fortnightly paper, . She was connected with both the Playgrounds Association and the Kindergarten Union of New South Wales.

In March 1899, Maybanke Wolstenholme married (Sir) Francis Anderson, professor of philosophy at the University of Sydney. She became active in the National Council of Women of New South Wales, and heavily involved with the activities of the University Women's Society.

Maybanke Anderson published in 1919, a handbook on the education of young children. The following year she wrote a chapter on the position of women for M. Atkinson's book, . From her travels in Europe, accompanied by her husband, Maybanke sent a series of articles to the . She died in Paris, predeceased by four children, but survived by two sons from her first marriage.

  • Inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women

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Maybanke Anderson was one of a group of forward-thinking, reformist women who worked to achieve women's suffrage in New South Wales and then all of Australia. Around the time of Federation, she wrote a collection of songs for children as an expression of the new spirit of Australian nationalism. In the early 1880s she and her first husband Edmund Wolstenholme built "Maybanke", a large home in spacious grounds in Marrickville. However, her husband's business failures meant that she became the breadwinner for the family. After he deserted her in 1884 she took boarders into her home, and in 1885 established a girls' school there - Maybanke School, later known as Maybanke College. Her school gained a reputation for its progressive teaching methods and its success in preparing students for university entrance examinations. In 1891 she was a foundation vice-president of the Womanhood Suffrage League of New South Wales, and president 1893-96. She was also a member of the Women's Literary Society, a group with serious intellectual and feminist aspirations. In 1894 she started her own women's newspaper, the Woman's Voice. Moved by the plight of the children of working mothers, she was instrumental in setting up free kindergartens and schools in Sydney. In 1899 she married Francis Anderson, professor of philosophy at the University of Sydney. In 1902, Anderson's Australian Songs for Australian Children was published. The songs express a deep love of Australia and its bush, and were written and compiled to give children an opportunity to sing about their own country, with its unique flora, fauna and seasons. Anderson was aware of the lack of such material, and these songs were her expression of the new spirit of Australian nationalism. Anderson continued advocating the causes of women and children for the rest of her life, and published numerous books on a range of subjects including the education of young children, the position of women, and local history. She died after an operation near Paris in 1927 while on a trip overseas.

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Australian Women's Register

  1. Anderson, Maybanke Susannah
    Published: National Foundation for Australian Women
    Series: IspartOf The Australian Women's Register
  2. The Encyclopedia of Women and Leadership in Twentieth-Century Australia
    Smart, Judith and Swain, Shurlee (eds.)
    [2014]
    Published: Australian Women's Archives Project
  3. Australia: Economic and Political Studies
    Atkinson, Meredith
    [Melbourne]
    Published: Macmillan
  4. Anderson, Maybanke Susannah (1845-1927)
    Kingston, Beverley
    [2006]
    Published: National Centre of Biography, Australian National University
    Series: IspartOf Australian Dictionary of Biography
  5. The Root of the Matter: Social and Economic Aspects of the Sex Problem
    Anderson, Maybanke
    [Sydney]
    Published: Workers' Educational Association of New South Wales
  6. Mother Lore
    Anderson, Maybanke
    [Sydney]
    Published: Angus & Robertson
  7. Maybanke, a Woman's Voice: The Collected Work of Maybanke Selfe-Wolstenholme-Anderson, 1845-1927
    Anderson, Maybanke
    [Avalon, NSW]
    Published: Ruskin Rowe Press
  8. The Women's Pages: Australian Women and Journalism since 1850
    Australian Women's Archives Project
    [2008]
    Published: Australian Women's Archives Project
  9. 200 Australian Women: A Redress Anthology
    Radi, Heather
    [Broadway, NSW]
    Published: Women's Redress Press
  10. Woman's suffrage 1924 [manuscript]
    [1924]
    Series: National Library of Australia, Manuscript Collection
    Woman's suffrage in Australia, a typescript written in 1924, and including a letter to J. A. Ferguson.
    MS 3447

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  1. Woman's suffrage
    Anderson, Maybanke, 1845-1927
    [ Unpublished : 1924 ]
    At National Library
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 129,981.156)

  2. Maybanke, a woman's voice : the collected work of Maybanke Selfe - Wolstenholme - Anderson, 1845-1927 / edited by Jan Roberts and Beverley Kingston
    Anderson, Maybanke, 1845-1927
    [ Book : 2001 ]
    At 37 libraries
    Maybanke, a woman's voice : the collected work of Maybanke Selfe - Wolstenholme - Anderson, 1845-1927 / edited by Jan Roberts and Beverley Kingston
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 105,111.523)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 105,111.523)

  3. Maybanke Anderson papers and pictorial material, 1855-1946
    Anderson, Maybanke, 1845-1927
    [ Photograph : 1855-1946 ]
    At State Library of NSW
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 102,674.578)

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  4. Maybanke Anderson's story of Pittwater : 1770 to 1920 / Maybanke Anderson
    Anderson, Maybanke, 1845-1927
    [ Book : 1996 ]
    At 17 libraries
    Maybanke Anderson's story of Pittwater : 1770 to 1920 / Maybanke Anderson
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  5. Maybanke Anderson - further papers, ca. 1852-1902
    Anderson, Maybanke, 1845-1927
    [ Photograph : 1902 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  6. Why are women now asking for a vote? : Issued as a supplement to the Woman's Voice / owned and edited by Mrs. Wolstenholme
    Anderson, Maybanke, 1845-1927
    [ Book : 1894-1896 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  7. Australian songs for Australian children [arranged] by Maybanke Anderson
    Anderson, Maybanke, 1845-1927
    [ Sound : 1902 ]
    View online
    At Trove DigitalLibrary
    Australian songs for Australian children [arranged] by Maybanke Anderson
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  8. Mother lore / by Maybanke Anderson (Mrs. Francis Anderson)
    Anderson, Maybanke, 1845-1927
    [ Book : 1919 ]
    At 7 libraries
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  9. Australian songs for Australian children [arranged] by Maybanke Anderson
    Anderson, Maybanke, 1845-1927
    [ Printed music : 1902 ]
    View online
    At 3 libraries
    Australian songs for Australian children [arranged] by Maybanke Anderson
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  10. Mother love / by Marybanke Anderson (Mrs. Francis Anderson)
    Anderson, Maybanke, 1845-1927
    [ Book : 1919 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  1. [Biographical cuttings on Maybanke Susannah Anderson, former founder of Maybanke College for girls, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
    [ Published : 1900-1990 ]
    At National Library
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  2. Woman's suffrage
    Anderson, Maybanke, 1845-1927
    [ Unpublished : 1924 ]
    At National Library
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  3. Maybanke, a woman's voice : the collected work of Maybanke Selfe - Wolstenholme - Anderson, 1845-1927 / edited by Jan Roberts and Beverley Kingston
    Anderson, Maybanke, 1845-1927
    [ Book : 2001 ]
    At 37 libraries
    Maybanke, a woman's voice : the collected work of Maybanke Selfe - Wolstenholme - Anderson, 1845-1927 / edited by Jan Roberts and Beverley Kingston
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 105,072.852)

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  4. Maybanke Anderson papers and pictorial material, 1855-1946
    Anderson, Maybanke, 1845-1927
    [ Photograph : 1855-1946 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  5. Item 01: Portrait of two children, possibly Maybanke and Harry Selfe, ca. 1854 / possibly by Arthur Brown
    Brown, Arthur
    [ Photograph : 1854 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  6. Volume 095 Item 3: Angus & Robertson manuscripts by Maybanke Anderson - poems, 1919
    [ Unpublished : 1919 ]
    View online
    At State Library of NSW
    Volume 095 Item 3: Angus & Robertson manuscripts by Maybanke Anderson - poems, 1919
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  7. Maybanke Anderson : sex, suffrage & social reform / Jan Roberts
    Roberts, Jan, 1941 (April 7)-
    [ Book : 1977-1997 ]
    At 53 libraries
    Maybanke Anderson : sex, suffrage & social reform / Jan Roberts
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  8. The Maybanke lecture
    Sydney Community Foundation. Maybanke Fund
    [ Periodical : 2013-2020 ]
    View online (access conditions)
    At 2 libraries
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  9. Maybanke Anderson's story of Pittwater : 1770 to 1920 / Maybanke Anderson
    Anderson, Maybanke, 1845-1927
    [ Book : 1996 ]
    At 17 libraries
    Maybanke Anderson's story of Pittwater : 1770 to 1920 / Maybanke Anderson
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  10. Mrs Francis Anderson [copy of a ca. 1880 photograph between 1889-1896] / photograph by Mitchell & Co., 236 George Street, Sydney
    Adam Mitchell & Co
    [ Photograph : 1896 ]
    View online
    At State Library of NSW
    Mrs Francis Anderson [copy of a ca. 1880 photograph between 1889-1896] / photograph by Mitchell & Co., 236 George Street, Sydney
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  1. Women's Literary Society (1889-1929)
    ... Anderson, Maybanke Susannah (1845 - 1927) ... meet at night. Prominent members included Rose Scott, Maybanke Anderson and Dora Montefiore. In 1891 ...
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  2. Womanhood Suffrage League of New South Wales (1891-)
    ... Anderson, Maybanke Susannah (1845 - 1927) ...
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  3. National Council of Women of New South Wales (1896-)
    ... Anderson, Maybanke Susannah (1845 - 1927) ...
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    [ Photograph : 1855-1946 ]
  2. Maybanke Anderson - further papers, ...
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    [ Photograph : 1902 ]
  3. Item 01: Portrait of two children, ...
    Brown, Arthur
    [ Photograph : 1854 ]
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    [ Photograph : 1896 ]
    Mrs Francis Anderson [copy of a ca. 1880 photograph between 1889-1896] / photograph by Mitchell & Co., 236 George Street, Sydney
  5. Sewing group featuring Maybanke And ...
    [ Photograph : 1910 ]
  6. Item 04: Photographs of the Selfe, ...
    [ Photograph : 1887-1918 ]
  1. Social Gossip
    The Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1871 - 1912) Wednesday 4 December 1907 p 1472 Article Illustrated
    ... . Frank Osborne, Mr. David Anderson ana the Misses Rlioda and Norah Anderson, Com mander and Mrs. Cbrbett ... Mrs. Francis Anderson, of Bay View, Pittwater. The church, which was thronged, was beautifully ... 1967 words
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  2. THE KINDERGARTEN UNION.
    The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) Wednesday 3 March 1897 p 10 Article
    Abstract: A meeting of the council of the Kindergarten Union was held yesterday afternoon in the Town Hall. Mrs. Wolstenholme occupied the chair. The council r ... 130 words
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  3. Social News.
    Australian Town and Country Journal (Sydney, NSW : 1870 - 1907) Wednesday 12 June 1907 p 43 Article Illustrated
    ... June 7. There was a large attendance, and Miss Rawson was receiv ed by Mrs. Francis Anderson, who ... 1365 words
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  1. AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY National Memorials Ordinance 1928 DETERMINATION OF NOMENCLATURE OF STREETS AND PUBLIC PLACES IN THE A.C.T.
    Commonwealth of Australia Gazette. Periodic (National : 1977 - 2011) Friday 4 June 1982 p 1

    Government Gazette Proclamations And Legislation Illustrated

    ... ) (1845-1927) Feminist and educationist, established Maybanke College 1885, foundation member and Vice ... DRIVE Hon. Arthur Samuel Drakeford (c.1879-1957) MLA for Essendon (Vic) 1927-29, MHR for Maribymong (Vic ... 9781 words
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  2. AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY National Memorials Ordinance 1928 DETERMINATION
    Commonwealth of Australia Gazette. Periodic (National : 1977 - 2011) Friday 15 May 1987 p 1

    Government Gazette Proclamations And Legislation Illustrated

    ... -42, president Australian Women's National League 1927-45, vice-president National Council of Women, represented ... 1920, and committee member 1920-30 HAWTON PLACE Mary Hawton (1927-1981) Tennis-player and administrator ... 12629 words
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  3. THE MOST VENERABLE ORDER OF THE HOSPITAL OF ST JOHN OF JERUSALEM PRIORY IN AUSTRALIA ADMISSIONS AND PROMOTIONS 2009
    Commonwealth of Australia Gazette. Special (National : 1977 - 2012) Monday 2 November 2009 p 1

    Government Gazette Appointments And Employment Illustrated

    ... Quill Barbara Veling Mary Wilkinson Lucas Anderson Barry Atkin Gail Atkin Keith Avery Michael Bacon ... Lynn Madden Paul Maybank Scott McCarthy Patrick McDonald Nicole McEwan Kimberlee McKay Neil Milburn JP ... 314 words
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  1. Anderson, Maybanke
    Jan Roberts
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    At Dictionary of Sydney
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  2. Maybanke Anderson: a woman's voice
    Roberts, Jan
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    [ Article : 1990 ]
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  3. The writings of Maybanke Anderson
    Roberts, Jan
    History (Sydney, NSW)
    [ Article : 1990 ]
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  4. Maybanke Anderson and federation
    Roberts, Jan
    New Federalist (Adelaide, S. Aust.)
    [ Article : 1998 ]
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  1. Gardens for children and workshops for classrooms: Maybanke Anderson, Norman Selfe and the New Education
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Radio National
    [ Sound : 2009 ]
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    Gardens for children and workshops for classrooms: Maybanke Anderson, Norman Selfe and the New Education
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  2. Australian song book.Songs for fourth class. Selection No.1 selected and arranged by G.T. Cotterill and H.F. Treharne
    Cotterill, G. T
    [ Sound : 1925 ]
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    Australian song book.Songs for fourth class. Selection No.1 selected and arranged by G.T. Cotterill and H.F. Treharne
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  3. Australian song book. selected and arranged by G.T. Cotterill and H.F. Treharne
    Cotterill, G. T
    [ Printed music : 1925 ]
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    At 2 libraries
    Australian song book. selected and arranged by G.T. Cotterill and H.F. Treharne
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  4. Writing biography : past and present / Jan Roberts
    Roberts, Jan, 1941 (April 7)-
    [ Sound : 1998 ]
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  1. Henry F. Halloran survey roughs, Narrabeen, 1880-1901
    Halloran, Henry Ferdinand
    [ Map : 1880-1901 ]
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