A History of the Churches in Australasia (Oxford History of by Ian Breward

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Shaw, Patriarch and Patriot (Melbourne, 1978); D. B. Clarke, William Hutchins (Hobart, 1986). 30 R. S. M. ), Anglican Ministry in Colonial Australia (Canberra, 1993); Anglican Ministry in Colonial Aotearoa—Neiv Zealand (Canberra, 1993); G. Strickland, The Australian Pastor (London, 1862) for an Anglican bush ministry. 31 A. H. , Melbourne, 1975-87) i. 20-1. From Missions to Churches 17 improvement, temperance, literacy, benevolence were amongst the objects covered by such societies. In addition, businesses like those founded by the Congregationalists John Fairfax and David Jones, which provided essential services to the small community in Sydney, were based on strong moral and religious convictions about the sacredness of daily work, and the importance of integrity in business.

Goods and services were short, and food often scarce. Johnson was given a block of land, but no labour to clear it. Nevertheless, he managed to become a successful small farmer. When there was any surplus, he generously shared. The distances he had to travel on foot, horse, or boat up to Parramatta were large, and the harsh climate took its toll on his health and energy. Services were held in the open air until Johnson, fed up with official delays, built a simple church/school with his own hands in 1792 which seated 500.

Many settlers looked forward to their dying out as soon as possible, and sought to assist this by organizing hunting parties. In Van Diemen's Land, settled from 1803, another guerilla leader nicknamed 'Mosquito' harried and occasionally killed outlying 11 Harris, One Blood, 47-51. 12 Colonial Office humanitarian admonitions were powerless against land hunger and racism in the migrant communities. Appalling and inhuman behaviour, which can only be called genocide, characterized settlement in Tasmania.

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