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Anderson, Connie

Collection | Ref # MS-1063 | Held by Hocken Collections - Uare Taoka o Hakena

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Anderson, Connie


Anderson, Connie (nee Hopkinson), 1895-1991

Level of description:



0.55 linear metres

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Connie M. Hopkinson, originally from Suffolk England, worked as a trained nurse for the Presbytarian Church Missionary Society (CMS) in Foochow, China. In 1928 Hopkinson developed stomach and kidney problems which saw her leave China in August to return to England, although she recovered sufficently to resume her work in 1929. Her nursing and missionary work continued until 1934 when she returned to England on sabbatical. Hopkinson went back to China i 1936 and later that year married Rev. Peter Anderson. Their son John was born in June 1939, and in January 1941 the family left China for New Zealand, where they settled in Dunedin.

Scope and contents:

This collection contains an almost complete set of diaries. They document Anderson's first years in China, including the language difficulties and Chinese traditions and attitudes. However the diaries focus mainly on her daily routines and the various patients and medical situations she was involved with. They also record in detail her own health problems and sabbaticals in England. After her marriage in 1936 Anderson was less involved in her medical career but continues to record her daily life in China, as well as the rumours and realities of war. With the birth of her son the diaries focus on motherhood and give detailed accounts of the baby's first months. After the family leave China in 1941, the diaries focus on Anderson's life as a wife, mother and church worker in Dunedin.

The collection also includes CMS pocket books 1936-1937 and an accounts book, 1937-1940.


Presbyterian Church - Missions

Women - Religious life

Women - Employment




Sino - Japanese Conflict, 1937 - 1945



Papers|Diary - Personal

Dates covered:

Circa 1927 - 1971

Access conditions:

Not restricted

Finding aids:

Listed on the 'Hakena' archives and manuscripts catalogue.

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