Here are some things that may surprise you:
In 1883 Melbourne’s Salvation Army Prison-Gate Brigade offered discharged prisoners a home and the prospect of a job – one of the first permanent social services in the world.
Initiatives in international development
Hamodava Tea was the world’s very first fair-trade venture. We imported unblended tea and sold it in Australia, with the profits used to return poor Sri Lankan farmers to the land.
Did you know we built one of the first film studios in the world? And the studio’s first film, Soldiers of the Cross, is possibly the first costumed narrative drama ever produced.
Since 1899 right through to East Timor, and wherever our troops are today, Salvation Army Officers go to war with Australian troops.
Disaster relief and emergency services
Droughts, floods and cyclones; fires, transport disasters and workplace tragedies – in Australia’s most desperate moments we’ve been on the ground helping people get their lives back together.
Learn how to tell a bandsman from a songster to a general to a commissioner to a colonel to an ordinary soldier, just by looking at their hats.
Flying Padre Service
Our Flying Padre Service began with a cloth and wire bi-plane and has now been offering support to remote Australians for 70 years.