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Rev. Ralph Drummond
Title : Rev. Ralph Drummond Rev. Ralph Drummond
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Date of creation : ca. 1860
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The first Presbyterian minister in South Australia, the Rev. Ralph Drummond, arrived with his wife and seven children in 1839 and conducted the first Presbyterian services in Adelaide in the South Australian Society's schoolroom on North Terrace, opposite Holy Trinity Church. In 1842 the first Presbyterian Church in Adelaide was opened in Gouger Street. In 1854, with other clergy, he successfully petitioned South Australian Parliament to allow ministers from other churches to be granted the right to conduct marriages, which until this time only Anglican ministers had the power to do. Drummond resigned from full-time ministry in 1855, but continued taking services for many years afterwards, being seen as a major founder of the Presbyterian Church in South Australia. He died at Mitcham in 1872.

Related names :

Drummond, Ralph, 1792-1872

Gouger Street United Presbyterian Church

Coverage year : 1860
Place : Adelaide (S. Aust.)
Further reading :
Drummond, Ralph. Monthly evening lectures, 1827-1828, SRG 123/232
Drummond, Ralph. 'Petition of the Rev. R. Drummond', South Australia. Legislative Council. Votes and proceedings of the Legislative Council during the ... session of the year: with the various documents connected therewith, no. 66 (1854)
Drummond, Ralph. Exodus 3:9, June 1836: [sermon], 1836, SRG 123/262/A338
'Marriage laws in South Australia', Adelaide chronicle and South Australian advertiser, 17 December 1839, p. 1, 3
'Our centenary history 1839-1939', Presbyterian banner: the organ of the Presbyterian Church in South Australia, February 1932, pp. 1-2
Presbyterian Church of Australia. South Australian Assembly. Biographical notes [about early ministers], n.d., SRG 123/79/34
'Presbyterian jubilee', Advertiser, 26 November 1889, p. 7
Scrimgeour, Robert J. Early Presbyterianism in South Australia, Brighton, S. Aust.: Uniting Church Historical Society, 1982
Scrimgeour, Robert J. Some Scots were here: a history of the Presbyterian Church in South Australia, 1839-1977, Adelaide: Lutheran Publishing House, 1986



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