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'Not Radically a Dissenter': Samuel Leigh in the Colony of New South Wales.

O'Brien, Glen (2012) 'Not Radically a Dissenter': Samuel Leigh in the Colony of New South Wales. Wesley and Methodist Studies, 4 (2012). pp. 51-69. ISSN 978-1926798134

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Abstract

2015 will see the bicentenary of the arrival to the colony of New South Wales, at the age of twenty-nine, of the first Wesleyan Methodist minister, the Rev. Samuel Leigh. Of course, Leigh was not the first Methodist to arrive, lay preachers and class leaders such as Edward Eagar and Thomas Bowden already being active in their own ministries. Nonetheless, in spite of its opportunities for lay ministry, early nineteenth century Wesleyan Methodism was a movement dominated by clerical authority, so it is appropriate that Leigh’s arrival be seen as the beginnings of formal British-Conference-approved Methodism in the colony. Methodist ministers of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century were primarily missionaries, both at home and abroad. By almost every measure Leigh was a failure as a missionary. He made few converts, failed to establish thriving circuits, and his relationships with his fellow missionaries were strained all around. This paper will provide an introduction to Leigh and his work through discussing three sets of relationships - with Governor Lachlan Macquarie, with the clergy of the Established Church, and with his fellow workers.

Item Type: Published Articles
Additional Information: This article is used by permission of the Pennsylvania State University Press. Copyright (c) Pennsylvania State University Press.
Repository Version: Proofs
Keywords: Methodist history, History of Methodism in Australia, Australian religious history, Religion in the nineteenth century
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950406 Religious Traditions (excl. Structures and Rituals)
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: C - Church History
College/Association with University of Divinity: SABC: Salvation Army Booth College
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Depositing User: Rev Associate Professor Glen O'Brien
Date Deposited: 11 May 2016 03:07
Last Modified: 11 May 2016 03:07
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1967

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