This work is a history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) in Australia to 1900. The first Latter-day Saint missionary to Australia was William Barret, a British convert who left directly from England and arrived at Adelaide, South Australia in 1840. In approximately 1841 Elder Andrew Anderson, also from England, arrived with his family at Sydney, New South Wales. These two Elders proselyted for the church, but the extent of their work is uncertain.
John Murdock and Charles Wandell were the first missionaries from Utah; they arrived at Sydney in October, 1851. The appointment of these missionaries marked the formal beginning of the Australasian Mission. Their concentrated efforts in the Sydney area brought many converts into the church. Murdock went to Melbourne but was unsuccessful there because of the gold excitement; gold was discovered in April, 1851.
College and Department
Religious Education; Church History and Doctrine
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Hawkes, John D., "A History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Australia to 1900" (1965). Theses and Dissertations. 4777.
Mormon Church, Missions, Australia, Mormon Church, History