Historical Christian South Australian Trivia! Lay Preachers

South Australia seems to know how to run a festival – I understand now why it is called ‘The Festival State’! This month is History Festival.

Did you know that many of the directors of the South Australia Company were lay preachers? The South Australia Company was an organization formed in 1835 to develop a new settlement in SA (it only ended formal business in 1949). The founding shareholders were Robert Gouger, George Fife Angas, Thomas Smith and Henry Kingscote, who were soon accompanied by some 300 additional shareholders. Among these were John Rundle, Charles Hindley, Raikes Currie, John Hindmarsh, John Pirie , Charles Mann, George Gawler and Henry Waymouth, whose names now adorn Adelaide’s city streets or monuments.

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Historical Christian South Australian Trivia! Captain Charles Sturt

Captain Charles Sturt (1795-1869)

Charles Sturt

South Australia is unique in Australia’s history as the only state settled by a group of Christians not aligned to the Church of England! It was settled by a group of Christians often called the Dissenters who held the founding principle that there should be no state aid offered to any religious group (to avoid Christianity being controlled by the State).

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