According to census records NSW has the largest population of Indigenous people in Australia. Many Seventh-day Adventist churches around the North NSW Conference have Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members. Some of our western towns have significant Indigenous population percentages. For instance, Brewarrina 61.4%, Boggabilla 43%, Walget 42%, Bourke 33.3% and Moree 22.3%.
History of the ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church to Australia’s Indigenous peoples in New South Wales
1910: Pastor Philip Rudge was commissioned to go to the Macleay Valley to commence ministry to the local Aboriginal people. He began his work in Burnt Bridge, inland from Kempsey.
1950s: Miriwinni Gardens Aboriginal Academy opened near Bellbrook.
1975: George Quinlan was employed as the first Aboriginal minister in Australia.
1980: Pastor Quinlan was ordained.
If you would like to receive a copy of the Good News for Aborigines and Islanders magazine, please phone the ATSIM department at the Conference Office on (02) 4951 8088.