Archives for March 2014



INTRODUCTION South Australia led the nation in enacting an Associations Incorporation Act which enabled not-for-profit organisations to gain the benefits of becoming a ‘body corporate” with the liability of the members of the Board being limited to the assets held by the organization. Prior to that time the options available to charitable, religious and educational bodies […]



Most of the first European settlers who arrived in Strathalbyn in 1840 were very staunch Scottish Presbyterians.   For several years they held worship services in private homes but – despite the demands of building houses, clearing land, putting up fences, etc. – they determined to erect a church. In 1844 the first church-school, claimed to […]


The Honourable William Parkin (1801-1889) – A Congregational Benefactor

William Parkin William Parkin established the Parkin Trust in 1872 and the Parkin Congregational Mission of South Australia in 1882. Parkin was born at Glastonbury, Somerset, England on 24th August 1801. By the early 1830s he had settled at Plympton on the outskirts of Plymouth, Devon and on 16th May 1832 married Sarah Mary Carill. […]


A prophet of Federation

In 1898 the people of the six separate Australian colonies voted to establish a federated ‘Commonwealth of Australia’ whose centenary we celebrate this year. In the campaign preceding that vote, the South Australian Council of Churches petitioned its member churches actively promoting a ‘yes’ vote. The letter bearing that recommendation was drafted by a Congregational […]


Almost a Pilgrimage

A Visit to some of the early sites of Methodism on the Gawler Plains. On September 1, 2001, I joined 40 other people who had braved inclement weather to visit some of S.A. Methodism’s historic sites on the Gawler Plains (the tract of land between the Little Para and Gawler rivers). Burton Cemetery Burton Church […]

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