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Baptist church fair, Wellington

Baptist church fair, Wellington

Women Baptists stand in front of their stalls at a church fair in Wellington in 1903. The fair was held at the same time as the annual Assembly of the Baptist Church, which on this occasion gave formal approval to the establishment of the Baptist Women's Missionary Union. In most Protestant churches women played a highly significant role. They dominated church attendance and were prominent in activities such as fund-raising.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Evening Post Collection (PAColl-0614)
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John Stenhouse, 'Religion and society - Secularism, gender and politics', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 August 2022)

Story by John Stenhouse, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 4 Apr 2018