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Papers of Felicia Hopkins, 1841-1986 [manuscript]
Bib ID 4609833
Format ManuscriptManuscript
Author
Hopkins, Felicia, 1841-1933
 
Access Conditions Available for research. Not for loan. 
Description [1841-1986] 
0.30 m. (2 boxes) 
Summary

The bulk of the collection comprises correspondence, mainly to and from members of the Hopkins family including with her husband, Francis Hopkins, her children and grandchildren. In addition there are photographs of Hopkins, a small group of financial papers, press cuttings and a small amount of family history material.

Biography/History

Felicia Hopkins (née Smith) was a teacher and social worker. After being educated at a Quaker boarding-school in Croyden, England, Hopkins worked as a governess. In the early 1860s she and four siblings emigrated to Queensland. Following her marriage to Francis Hopkins in 1865, she worked as a school teacher. In 1888 Hopkins became involved with the Rockhampton branch of the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA), of which she was Secretary for 24 years. Their main work was to meet and protect young women arriving on migrant ships and to organise lectures, classes and social evenings for working girls. In 1899 Hopkins undertook an extended tour of Queensland setting up new branches of the YWCA. In addition to this work, Hopkins was a member of the Society of Friends. She acted as the Rockhampton correspondent for the London connection and helped to establish a Meeting House in Rockhampton by 1880. Hopkins was a member of the Benevolent Society from 1867-68 and in the late 1860s she and her husband founded their own children's home where orphans could be boarded. Hopkins was also a keen promoter of the temperance cause.

Notes

Manuscript reference no.: MS Acc09/67.

Associated materials: Papers of Lister and Edna Hopkins, 1841-2007 MS Acc09/65.

Index/Finding Aid Note Descriptive list available (draft). 
Subjects Hopkins, Felicia, 1841-1933 -- Archives.  |  Hopkins family.  |  YWCA of Australia -- Employees -- Archives.  |  Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Australia.  |  Women teachers -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Women social workers -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Women immigrants -- Services for -- Queensland.  |  Social work with immigrants -- Queensland.  |  Young Women's Christian associations -- Queensland -- History.
Time Coverage 1841-1986 
Occupation Teachers.  |  Social workers.
Terms of Use Copying of Felicia Hopkins' copyright material permitted for research. 

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