Series 056/17 - Collected records of the Council of Churches in NSW

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AU AU-MTC 056/17


Collected records of the Council of Churches in NSW


  • 1923-1999 (Creation)

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Bound volumes, loose papers in manila folders

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The Council of Churches in NSW first met in 1924 as a group of representatives of major denominations: Church of England, Presbyterian, Methodist, Congregational, Baptist, Church of Christ, Society of Friends and Salvation Army. Their aim was to act in the interests of public morality and on behalf of the causes that are common to Christian churches. In 1932 they established the radio station 2CH.
The Council was incorporated in 1998 to be the successor of the Council of Churches in NSW (an unincorporated association).

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The Reverend Bernard George Judd, a student at Moore Theological College from 1941-1942, was ordained Deacon in 1942, Priest in 1943, and began his long ministry at St. Peter's, East Sydney in 1947. Reverend Judd's many active interests, including Secretary of the N.S.W. Council of Churches from 1957 and Director of Hammondville Homes from 1946, led to his being awarded the M.B.E. in 1973. In 1993 he was awarded the Medal in the Order of Australia for services to the community, particularly for his work with the NSW Council of Churches. The papers held document Reverend Judd's active involvement in several organizations campaigning for contemporary moral and political issues, specifically — The Protestant Convention of 1953, the 1959 State election and the 1974-1975 Sunday Trading Debate.

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Minutes, correspondence and financial papers, many with handwritten annotations, collected by Rev. Judd in his capacity of Secretary of the NSW Council of Churches.

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