Guest Biogoraphy for Patricia Hayward - Feminist and Activist
The early years of Patricia Hayward, Masters in Theology, Bachelor of Arts, Diploma of Education were spent with parents and seven siblings, in the late 1950s and early 1960s, pioneering the closer settlement of what had been Gurley Station. They lived in a shack while the shearing shed was being built and lived in the shearing shed until their home was built. It was 43 kilometres by rough unsealed road from the nearest town of any size, Moree in the northwest of the State of New South Wales in Australia. Getting the phone connected, and later electricity, were momentous events.Her early schooling was at a one-teacher Primary school in Gurley village and she cinued on to Moree High School.In the August of her final year at High School, when she was School Captain and had been the first young person in the district to win The Queen’s Award in The Girls Brigade, Hayward became the first student from that area of NSW to go as an AFS exchange student. Her host family were in Denison, Iowa, USA. During that AFS year of 1971-1972, she became the first exchange student at that school to be inducted into the USA’s National Honour Society, an award given for scholastic ability, character and service.On returning to Australia, Hayward completed a University Degree in History, English and Politics at the University of New England in Armidale NSW with a Distinction Average, the highest of any student in her college, and then a Diploma of Education with English and History as her teaching methods. She was the first woman to become President of the Evangelical Union at UNE.Following two years of High School teaching, Hayward completed a Masters of Arts in Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary, in Pasadena, Los Angeles, USA and it was during this time her oldest son was born. Six years in Newcastle, NSW followed, with Hayward becoming the Regional Coordinator of volunteers fo
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