The challenges of uplift
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Women from a range of social backgrounds were important participants in the Australian Church's social reform programmes, and the church was a strong and long-standing supporter of women's rights. This chapter examines the uses of music in the Women's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU), thereby taking account of the close interactions that occurred between its New Zealand branches and Maori women. It looks at some Christian missions in detail to consider the place of music and music-making in colonial engagements with the indigenous peoples of New Zealand, Canada and Australia. Missionaries were necessarily among the most peripatetic citizens of the Anglophone world and so gained first-hand experience of many indigenous cultures. British Columbia was a hive of missionary activity for much of the nineteenth century. Music was used, as seen in the Maori–Pakeha concerts and the Cooper–Selby concert, as a way of generating cross-cultural engagement and mediating cultural differences.

Sounds of liberty

Music, radicalism and reform in the Anglophone world, 1790–1914

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