Catherine Helen Spence, Unitarian Utopian


Walker examines the religious foundation of Spence’s political and social ideas in the context of the colonial and British background. Spence’s conversion to the Unitarian church enabled her to reject the idea of predestination taught by the Presbyterian church and believe that anyone can change and be saved. Spence’s subsequent belief in a utopian society is reflected in much of her writing, providing a view quite different to the more well-known writers of the Bulletin school.

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Published 1 May 1971 in Volume 5 No. 1. Subjects: Catherine Helen Spence, 19th Century Women Writers.

Cite as: Walker, Robin Berwick. ‘Catherine Helen Spence, Unitarian Utopian.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 5, no. 1, 1971, doi: 10.20314/als.6e4bec19a6.