Also known as: née Woodcock

Born: 19/01/1869

Died: 25/05/1948

Special Achievements:

1914 - First school teacher in first school in Alice Springs, Northern Territory and possibly the first multi-racial school in Australia.
Ida Standley was the township of Stuart's first schoolteacher, holding the position from 1914-1928.  Ida had previously been a governess before marriage then a schoolteacher in South Australia.  She travelled by train to Oodnadatta from where the policeman, Sonny Kunoth, drove her by horse and buggy to Stuart (Alice Springs).

Additional Information:

1929 - She received the Member of the Order of the British Empire, services to child welfare in Central Australia.


  • References

    Isaacs, Jennifer. (1990).  Pioneer Women of the Bush and Outback.  Sydney:  Lansdowne Publishing, p. 141.

  • References

    Legacy of a woman called Ida.  Centralian Advocate.  June 29, 1999:21.

  • References

    Smith, John.  A woman who did much for chldren.  Centralian Advocate.  September 8, 1998:28.

  • References

    Boon, Cameron.  Ida’s ideals alive.  Centralian Advocate.  February 13, 2009:14-15.

  • References

    Wauchope, Alan.  Ida Standley’s work tributed.  Centralian Advocate.  March 30, 1998:13.

  • References

    Of interest to Women:  First schooling in gaol cell.  Centralian Advocate.  January 20, 1961:p. unknown.

  • References

    The people's choice.  newspaper unknown.  date unknown:p. unknown.

  • Image - Ida Standley

    Ida Standley (1869-1948) was a South Australian schoolteacher, 14 May 1929. Source: https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/129138979 - Adelaide News, National Library of Australia

    Wikimedia Commons: File:Ida Standley.png