Dr Ruth Frappell

RUTH FRAPPELL (dec’d July 2011),  MA (Hons) Syd., L Mus.A., was an Honorary Research Associate in Modern History at Macquarie University.  She was a noted historian and researcher in Australian religious and cultural history and  wrote articles and reviews for a number of scholarly journals.

Member of the Association for the Journal of Religious History, 1990-2000 and associate editor, 2002-2006; contributor to and Sydney correspondent of the Australian Dictionary of Biography, since 1968; councillor, 1992 and President, 1998-2002, Royal Australian Historical Society,  honorary associate in History, Macquarie University, since 1992;  president, Anglican Historical Society (Sydney), since 2005 and an active member of the Sydney University Women’s Group and five entries in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2004).  She co-wrote “The Struggle for Aboriginal Land Rights. A Documentary History”, drawing on a variety of sources, many of which not previously published.

Ruth was also the editor, with Leighton Frappell, Robert Withycombe and Raymond Nobbs, of the major work of reference entitled: Anglicans in the Antipodes: an indexed calendar to the papers and correspondence of the Archbishops of Canterbury, 1788-1961, relating to Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific”.

Upon being elected a distinguished Fellow of the Religious History Association, Ruth conveyed the following message to the members and in particular, to the President, Hilary Carey:

“It is a great honour to be made a fellow”.  Dr Ruth Frappell