Kate Allenby [1871-1931] was an Australian missionary to Mayurbhanj in Odisha State in Eastern India. This small book was written as a record of her work.
The purpose of this little volume is to Introduction bring before you as faithfully as possible the details of the life and work of Miss K. Allanby, who has just recently been laid to rest in Mayurbhanj, India, the scene of her labours for the past 40 years.
Shall we first take a brief glance into the home from whence she came, and at the parents to whom she owed the Christian influences of her childhood? Her fat her, Mr. Joseph Allanby, having lost his parents very early in Life, came out from England to Australia when quite a young man. He afterwards became a well-known hydropathist in Brisbane. Her mother, Mary Brady, was of Scottish descent, though born in Ireland. She was one of five sisters and was converted at an early age. Being the first, and for some time, the only Christian in the home, she was never fully understood by the other members of the family; although there were other converts afterwards, she had so out-distanced them in spiritual growth, that this feeling remained in spite of the fact that she always had a very strong affection for her sisters.
In the year 1865, accompanied by her mother and two of her sisters, she came out to Australia. It was on the voyage out that she first met Mr. Allanby, and they were afterwards married on January 25th, 1867, making their home in South Brisbane, Queensland.
Into this home Miss K. Allenby was born in the year 1871.
She was the second child in the family, the first being a son, who was dedicated to the Lord at birth, in the hope that, in after years, he would enter the ministry, but he died four months before his little sister Katie was born.
The parents’ hopes were now transferred to this second child. Thinking that, although she could not become a minister, she might, as a teacher, be used of the Lord, they set her apart to this end, and sought to give her the best education possible, to fit her for her future work.…Page 1-2