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Thomas Magarey
Title : Thomas Magarey Thomas Magarey
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Source : B 56079
Date of creation : ca. 1840
Format : Photograph
Dimensions : 200 x 155 mm
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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South Australian pioneer Thomas Magarey.

Brothers Thomas and James Magarey came to Adelaide in 1845 from Lancashire via New Zealand. Thomas had experienced a religious conversion a short time before, and in Adelaide he joined a group of 'Scotch Baptists'. The group purchased land in Franklin Street and built a chapel. Magarey and his fellow Christians took a non-denominational approach to Christianity, calling themselves the Church of Christ. They were influenced by the writings of Alexander Campbell, a founder of the American 'Disciples of Christ'. In 1856 a chapel was opened in Grote Street and it remains the site of the main city church for the denomination. Magarey became a rich man through his milling business and in 1860 entered South Australian Parliament. In 1880 he left the Church of Christ to join the local Brethren.
Related names :

Campbell, Alexander

Church of Christ (Adelaide, S. Aust.)

Colonists (S. Aust)

Magarey, James

Magarey, Thomas, 1825-1902

Pioneers (S. Aust)

Coverage year : 1840
Period : 1836-1851
Place : South Australia
Region : Adelaide city
Further reading :

Caldicott, Arnold, ed. Churches of Christ sesquicentennial in Australia, 1846-1996, Adelaide: Church of Christ, Grote Street, c1995

Caldicott, Arnold. The Verco story: hopes we live by, Adelaide, S. Aust.: A. Caldicott, 1970

Hilliard, David. 'Magarey, Thomas', Australian dictionary of evangelical biography, Ed. Brian Dickey, Sydney: Evangelical History Association, 1994

Lawrie, Trevor. From soil and seed: pioneering Churches of Christ, [Magill, S. Aust.]: T. Lawrie, 1983

Magarey family. Personal papers, 1856-1932, PRG 343

Magarey, Thomas. Miscellaneous letters to John Ridley, 1856, 1877, 1881, PRG 1043/9/10-13

'Obituary', Chronicle, 6 September 1902, p. 34



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