Christian Work in Australasia; With Notes on the Settlement and Progress of the Colonies

Christian Work in Australasia; With Notes on the Settlement and Progress of the Colonies

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1878 edition. Excerpt:' Application was made to the Governor for a grant of land for the use of the Mission; which resulted in an appropriation of 'one hundred and eight acres of good corn-land, in perpetuity, for the native institution in the York district.' The removal of the Mission to the new station is thus told: 'Having secured a good locality, I took over the establishment, consisting of a team of bullocks, cart-load of provisions, and ten lads; and commenced operations in clearing land, erecting buildings, &c For six months in this year (1852) I was away from Perth and my family, making occasional visits to them, to preach and meet classes, the vacant Sabbaths being filled up by the local-preachers. 'I have gone into great responsibilities as a Missionary, and have laboured to get the mission into something like a remunerative position. I have erected on the two acres, held in fee simple, a substantial schoolhouse, 40 X 20, a good dwelling house for the manager, 50 x 15, in which we now live, and two more buildings as a dormitory and cook house. We have also cleared about thirty acres of good land; have fenced in, and put under crop about twelve acres. The buildings have cost about the amount of the sale of Wannaroo; and thus, by the transfer of the proceeds of that property into this, we have now a mission, with suitable appliances, amid a populous district of colonists and natives, and every chance of doing something temporally and spiritually. ' Mr. Smithies wisely determined to collect the halfcaste and ' bush' natives between the ages of four and eight years, in the hope that, by the blessing of God, he might raise a Church, which might be permanent in its character and in its influence for good. One native had died in Perth, leaving a more

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  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 186g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236549074
  • 9781236549075