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Reverend Winifred Kiek
Title : Reverend Winifred Kiek Reverend Winifred Kiek
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Creator : Metro Studios, photographer
Date of creation : ca. 1935
Format : Photograph
Dimensions : 200 x 155 mm
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Reverend Winifred Kiek was born Winfred Jackson in Manchester, England in 1884 and raised as a Quaker. She attended Victoria University, Manchester, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in 1907. In 1911 she married Edward Kiek, a Congregational minister, and in 1920 they immigrated to Australia. In Adelaide Winifred studied theology, becoming the first woman to graduate with a Bachleor of Divinity from the Melbourne College of Divinity in 1923. In 1927 she became the first woman in Australia to be ordained to the ministry following her appointment as pastor to the Colonel Light Gardens Congregational Church. In 1929 she took an MA in philosophy at the University of Adelaide.

Winifred Kiek advocated for gender equality and supported the women's movement. She was an active member of the National Council of Women, the League of Woman Voters and the Pan-Pacific and Southeast Asia Women's Association well into the 1960s. She was also vocal in her support of the role of women in the church, convening the Australian Council of Churches commission on the co-operation of men and women in the church and publishing We of one house in support of this view, in 1954. She died at Victor Harbor in 1975.

Related names :

Kiek, Winifred, 1884-1975

Period : 1927-1939
Further reading :
Kiek, Winifred. We of one house, Melbourne : The Australian Council for the World Council of Churches, [1954?]
State Library of South Australia PRG 225 Papers of the Rev. Winifred Kiek comprising sermons, articles, printed material, correspondence and photographs. 1892-1973.
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