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Rev. Ridgeway Newland
Title : Rev. Ridgeway Newland Rev. Ridgeway Newland
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Creator : Duryea, Townsend, 1823-1888, photographer
Date of creation : ca. 1860
Format : Photograph
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The Rev. Ridgeway Newland came to South Australia with his second wife and large family, and a group of parishioners from the Congregational church in Staffordshire, seeking greater religious tolerance and improved conditions for his children. The group of 34 adults and children arrived at Encounter Bay in mid-1839 where they set up farms and built a church, which they named 'the Tabernacle'. He later established other churches around the South Coast as the European population increased. Newland became spokesman for the district on many issues and was the first chairman of the District Council. Having at the same time to make a living from farming, he was quoted as saying 'I preach righteousness and practice agriculture' (Burgess, ed. vol. 2, p. 57). Newland died as the result of an accident while travelling from Adelaide to Encounter Bay on the mail coach in 1864. The current Newland Uniting Church at Victor Harbour is named in his honour.
Related names :

Newland, Ridgway William, 1790-1864

Newland Memorial Uniting Church (Victor Harbor, S. Aust.)

Tabernacle (Encounter Bay, S. Aust.)

Coverage year : 1864
Place : Encounter Bay (S. Aust.)
Region : Fleurieu Peninsula
Further reading :

Cameron, John. A band of pioneers: a history of the Congregational churches along the South Coast from 1839-1977, Adelaide: Central Times, 1977

Newland family. Personal papers, 1839-1964, PRG 288

Newland Memorial Congregational Church (Victor Harbor, S. Aust.) Church records, 1867-1934, SRG 95/28

Newland, Simpson. A band of pioneers: old time memories, Adelaide: Hassell, 1919

Roberts, John. Personal papers, 1850-1883, PRG 52



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