The Friends' School

Ida Mather Scholarship

The Ida Mather Scholarship (Merit) is awarded each year to a Year 7 student.

Ida Mather was one of many Mather family supporters of The Friends’ School. A lifelong Quaker, Ida Mather became the first female Friends’ School Board members in 1923. Daughter of Robert Mather (1848-1913), one of the original supporters in the establishment of The Friends’ School, Ida attended Friends’ from 1892 to 1905. She was a star hockey player at School and is described as having a good nature and sense of humour.

After completing school Ida worked in her father’s business, Mather’s Store in Liverpool Street, Hobart. Ida was a modern woman, she drove a car, was a founding member of the Business and Professional Women’s Club Hobart, and was active in assisting many causes in the local community – including the Kindergarten Union, Crippled Children Society and management of Lady Gowrie Child Care Centre, Save the Children Fund and St Ann’s Home. She died in 1952.

The Ida Mather Scholarship was first awarded in 1952.

Board of Governors January 1938

Image shows School Board of Governors, January 1938

Back (left to right): Ernest Unwin, Frank Wells, H.F. Jones,
Joseph B. Howie, Will Cooper, Harry Vaughan
Front: Ida Mather, William C. Cooper, Frederick Coleman

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