oa Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Nineteenth and early twentieth century missionary wives in South Africa: Equal partners or historical non-entities?

Volume 31, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



Before the Reverend William Shaw, the Methodist missionary accompanying the 1820 British settlers to South Africa, left for his new position, he was told by the Missionary Society that he had to be married: He had recently ""commenced acquaintance with Miss Ann Maw"" and before he proposed marriage he made a list of the qualities he thought necessary in a good missionary wife.

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