According to census records NSW has the largest population of Indigenous people in Australia. There are two indigenous church plants and one company in the North NSW Conference. 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.
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