Post by CherieKropp on Apr 5, 2018 10:35:22 GMT -5
1904, JULY: The first two Workers to arrive in Australia were John Hardie, an engineer from Kilsyth, Scotland, age 33, and his companion Alex (Sandy) Alexander, age 28. Both men entered the work in 1900. A misfortune paved their way to Australia. Someone maliciously burned down a portable wooden hall John was using for a Mission, and the County's payment for damages paid their fare to Australia. They arrived in Melbourne, VIC, on July 24, 1904, aboard the SS Medic, and were the very first two Workers to set foot on Australian soil.
After John Hardie and Sandy Alexander arrived in Australia in 1904, they held a tent Mission at Oakleigh , with no response. Sandy left John at this time. According to one Account: "Around 1904–05, John Hardie and another Worker went to Australia. They lived in a tent where they used one half of the tent for their living quarters and the other half for Meetings. One day a big storm came and totally ripped their tent to shreds. They then spread newspapers on the ground and slept on them. One day the elder Worker [John Hardie] woke to find his companion gone with all their money."
After two hard months in Australia, on Sept. 24, 1904, John travelled to Wellington, NZ, to the home of his Irish friend, Tom Hastings, who with his wife Emily, had immigrated from Ire. in 1901. Possibly, John held some Gospel Meetings there and some may have professed. Little is known about John's activities for the next year. A little over a year later, in Nov. 1905, John and Sandy turned up together and helped Maggie McDougall and Frances Hodgins in a Mission at Hutt, near Wellington. It is not known how Sandy and John came together again or where either spent the previous 14 months. There was good response in the Hutt Mission, but there was strong Brethren opposition, and Sandy was influenced to leave the Work and preach for the Brethren.
In March 1907, John Hardie and Dick McClure travelled from NZ to Sydney, Aust. and pioneered NSW. John Hardie was the NSW Head Worker from 1907 to 1961, or for 54 years, the longest held oversight in Australia. He was THE senior Worker over ALL Australia until his death on April 26, 1961, aged 90. He is buried in Rookwood Cemetery, Sydney, NSW (Independent General Section K, No. 1475). Dick McClure left the work in 1913, married and had 5 children. Reportedly John Hardie did not speak to him again until shortly before John died.
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