It Makes One Smile And It Makes One Weep


The untold story of pioneer Methodist Home Missionary, Reverend Victor Henry Goldney (VHG) ministering to the scattered people in the outback station country of the South Australian northwest, 1924-1927

This biography shines a light on a now little-known episode of religious life in South Australia. One man reaches out to the station people of the sparsely populated northwest, an area larger than Tasmania. VHG was appointed by the Methodist Church, an evangelical Christian denomination, once claiming up to 25 per cent of the population as members or adherents. Since 1977 the Methodist Church has been subsumed within the Uniting Church in Australia. His appointment (1924-1927) coincided with the shift from animal dependency in the outback, to motorised transport. It was also a time when the Methodist Church, perhaps surprisingly, was struggling to recognise Aboriginal people as humans of equal worth before God. The biography also illuminates Methodist ministry on the ground by a convinced evangelical.

  • Specs:
    297 X 210mm; 200 Pages, Paperback
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  • Author:
    David Goldney
  • Publisher:
    David Goldney

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