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A researcher is seeking a badge or membership card from St Vincent’s Juvenile Club, a children’s association established by Agnes Mary Ryan (1854-1917) in The Southern Cross.

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Emily Gallagher, a PhD Candidate of the Australian National University’s School of History, is currently researching three Australian children’s pages.

From 1894-1908, Mrs Ryan corresponded with Catholic children in SA as ‘Aunt Eily’ through her newspaper column.

Originally from Glasgow, Mrs Ryan was well known and highly esteemed in Catholic circles and founded the Catholic Book and Art Depot in Gawler Place. She moved to WA in 1908 and the club was taken over by ‘Cousin Rosaleen’, though Mrs Ryan remained a contributor to the paper in which she was a shareholder. She died suddenly in 1917. Some of her eight children remained in SA.

If you have a St Vincent’s Juvenile Club badge or membership card, or any related information, Emily would love to hear from you. She is based in Canberra at ANU’s College of Arts and Social Sciences. Please contact her at: emily.gallagher@anu.edu.au

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