Excerpt from A Jubilee History of the Presbyterian Church of Victoria, or the Rise and Progress of Presbyterianism From the Foundation of the Colony to 1888
IT has occurred to many that the Jubilee of the Presbyterian Church of Victoria was Opportune for the publication of a history of her rise and progress. In the year 1878, the General Assembly were so impressed with the necessity of at once taking steps to obtain materials for a permanent record that a committee was appointed to correspond with members of the Church, especially the older ones, with a view to the collection of historical facts. The aged brethren were able to impart information which could not be so well, if at all, supplied by others. Many of the pioneers of Presbyterianism in the colony, chieﬂy by reason of age, had disappeared. Numbers of their survivors, after having laboured during a period of twenty years and more, were rapidly passing away, and soon it might be impossible to secure important knowledge of facts, which had been interwoven with their life and experience.
The Committee set to work with all zeal, and made considerable progress in the task assigned to them. But no definite instructions have ever been given them by the Supreme Court, to give practical effect to their efforts by publishing the results. The present work is independent of that action of the Assembly and of the labours of the Committee. To some brethren it appeared that the great want of the Church on the occasion of her Jubilee, in the way of a public record, should be a full and detailed history of her whole life and work. There might be difficulty, however, in finding a person, in a community so full of hard toil, both in sacred and civil offices, who could undertake a task so arduous and responsible.
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