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Rev. FW Cox
Title : Rev. FW Cox Rev. FW Cox
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Creator : Gall, Ernest
Source : Gall, Ernest, PRG 631/102/8
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The Rev. Francis Cox was born in London in 1817 and first worked for his father manufacturing hats. He later became a teacher, but eventually trained as a Congregational minister, and was ordained in 1852. In 1857 Cox was invited to South Australia, where he had relatives, and became pastor of the Ebenezer Chapel, off Rundle Street. His congregation grew and in 1857 they built a large church in Hindmarsh Square. Following the death of the Rev TQ Stow, the first Congregational minister in South Australia, Cox came to be looked on as the local figurehead of the Congregational Church. His active ministry continued until he was 80. Cox was proactive in areas where government and religion overlapped, and with others he lobbied successfully for the clergy of denominations other than the Anglican Church to be licensed to conduct marriages. He was associated with the Aborigines' Friends' Association for many years, and championed the rights of Aboriginal people. His daughter Lois was the first Australian woman missionary in India.
Related names :

Cox, F.W. (Francis William), 1817-1904

Cox, Lois

Aborigines Friends Association (Adelaide, S. Aust.)

Ebenezer Chapel (Adelaide, S. Aust.)

Hindmarsh Square Congregational Church (Adelaide, S. Aust.)

Coverage year : 1903
Place : Adelaide (S. Aust.); Hindmarsh Square (Adelaide, S. Aust.)
Further reading :
Australian Dictionary of Biography, Melbourne: Melbourne Univeristy Press; London; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1966-
'Death of Miss Lois Cox', Adelaide observer, 13 August 1892, p. 29
'Death of the Rev FW Cox: a notable minister', Adelaide observer, 2 April 1904, pp. 25, 34
'The Rev Francis William Cox', Newsletter (Uniting Church Historical Society, S. Aust.), no. 7 (February 1980), pp. 11-12
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