A Busy Year for the Historical Society
2017 will be a busy year for the Sydney Chapter of The Salvation Army Historical Society with the society joining with other Salvation Army centres to celebrate significant anniversaries. In early February the society partnered with the Dee Why Corps of Sydney’s northern beaches to celebrate their 105th anniversaries. Following the morning meeting and a fellowship lunch the society presented a Heritage Celebration to a capacity audience.
On 1 April 30 plus members and friends assembled at Booth College at Bexley North to embark on a heritage trail expedition to various Salvation Army Heritage sites around Sydney. A visit to Campsie and Belmore Corps was followed by various drive-by locations as well as a luncheon stop at the Kokoda Memorial Walkway at Rhodes. Trail narrator Ron Inglis provided an in-depth commentary and the various sites visited.
On 30 July, the society will hold special event entitled Kokoda Reflection at the Menai Corps. The guest speaker will be Peter FitzSimons, a highly respected author and columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald. In 2001 he was Australia’s biggest selling non-fiction author, and duplicated that feat in 2004, with his book on Kokoda, which will be his topic when the Society reflects on the 75th anniversary of the WW2 battle for Kokoda in Papua New Guinea.
Born on a farm in Peat’s Ridge, Peter went to Knox Grammar School, before moving to the USA for a year on an American Field Service Scholarship. On returning to Australia he completed an Arts degree at Sydney University majoring in government and political science. In 1984 he was a member of the famous Wallabies Rugby Union team under Alan Jones before living in France and Italy playing rugby for the next five years whilst learning both languages as well as Spanish.
Peter will be joined by various musical support including the Hurstville Band and members of a group walking the Kokoda Track during ANZAC Day this year.
Later in the year, the society will partner with Aged Care Plus to celebrate its 10th year of ministry. During this event, Major Bob Broadbere will present a history of aged care in the Australia Eastern Territory. It is anticipated the Major’s research will result in the launch of a related book at this event.
In November the society will partner with the Sydney Congress Hall corps to celebrate the 135th Anniversary of the commencement of The Salvation Army in Sydney.
Sydney Chapter – Historical Society