• Entry type: Person
  • Entry ID: AWE4434

Buchanan, Florence Griffiths

(1861 – 1913)
  • Nationality Australian
  • Born 16 September, 1861, Canterbury Kent England
  • Died 30 December, 1913, Brisbane Queensland Australia
  • Occupation Missionary, Teacher


Florence Buchanan spent much of her life working in Anglican missions on Thursday and Moa Islands, north of Australia, despite a number of health problems. In 1887 she migrated to Australia, landing in Bundaberg, Queensland with her two brothers. She later assumed responsibility for the fundamentalist non-denominational South Seas Evangelical Mission, also know as the Queensland Kanaka Mission. During the 1890s she worked on Thursday Island and was ordained there as a deaconess in 1908. In the same year she went to Moa Island to conduct the Anglican mission and teach school. In 1911 she resigned from her position, due to ill-health, but continued to teach until her return to Brisbane in 1913.

Published resources

Archival resources

  • John Oxley Library, Manuscripts and Business Records Collection
    • 7945 Florence Griffiths Buchanan and Nigel Buchanan Correspondence 1861-1913