Preachers

....English

  The following are examples of notable English Preachers:

Charles Wilson: One of the two original Travelling Preachers sent to Australia in 1839.  Unfortunately, though, Charles Wilson misrepresented his position – he took John Wroe’s writings and adopted them as his own, building up a small following amongst the early Australian members, most particularly in the Penrith area.  In October 1843, John Wroe brought news that Charles Wilson had died but many refused to believe his report – they were convinced he was a prophet.

Charles Robertson:  One of the two original Travelling Preachers sent to Australia in 1839.  Charles Robertson, like his partner, also got himself into hot water.  He was given the option of choosing either America to preach in or the opposite end of the Australian continent.  On 12th December, 1850 in a letter from Joseph Donnolan to Elizabeth Machir, Joseph states that he and Charles Robertson are expecting to leave for China in the near future. They sailed in April, 1851 for China.  Unfortunately Charles died on the return voyage from China to Sydney in the latter part of 1851 or beginning of 1852.

Joseph Greaves: Sent out from England after 1839.  He came under criticism for his activities in the colony – evidently he had had sexual liaisons in England which were not appropriate.  Unfortunately something of his unfortunate past followed him to Australia – he was a bachelor.  He was in and out of his Preaching duties due to his behaviour for many years.  In January 1854 he was sent from Melbourne to North America because of his activities in the Australian colony.


A Travelling Preacher received a small allowance from the Church and a number of books to sell to supplement this income.  They would travel from place to place, usually in an appointed geographical area. 

The Local Preacher did not receive any allowance and were expected to remain in full time occupation in their local area and were entitled to preach only within that area.

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