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Rev. Thomas Playford
Title : Rev. Thomas Playford Rev. Thomas Playford
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Creator : Duryea, Townsend, 1823-1888, photographer
Date of creation : ca. 1865
Format : Photograph
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Thomas Playford was a former soldier in the British Army. Having migrated to Canada in 1834, he returned to London and then came to South Australia in 1844, taking up farming at Mitcham, near Adelaide. In 1848, with others who agreed with his teaching about the imminent second coming of Jesus, he formed a congregation and built the Bentham Street Christian Church. Playford was the unpaid pastor until his death in 1873. He was a founding member of the Adelaide Benevolent and Strangers' Friend Society and published several religious books, including a hymnbook containing many of his own works. His eldest son became Premier of South Australia in 1887, and his great-grandson was also to become premier, in 1938.
Related names :

Playford, Thomas, 1795-1873

Playford, Thomas, 1837-1915

Playford, Thomas, Sir, 1896-1981

Adelaide Benevolent and Strangers' Friend Society

Bentham Street Christian Church (Adelaide, S. Aust.)

Coverage year : 1865
Place : Adelaide (S. Aust.); Bentham Street (Adelaide, S. Aust.)
Region : Adelaide city
Further reading :
Adelaide Benevolent and Strangers' Friend Society. Society records, 1849-1990

Dickey, Brian, ed. Australian dictionary of evangelical biography, Sydney: Evangelical History Association, 1994

Hilliard, David. 'Unorthodox Christianity in South Australia: was South Australia really a paradise of dissent?', History Australia, Vol. 2, no. 2 (June 2005), pp. 38.1-38.10

Hussey, H. History of the Christian Church (Bentham Street Adelaide), c. 1884, D7479(T)

Playford, Thomas. [Three letters to John Ridley], 1867,1873, PRG 1043/4/6; PRG 1043/9/17-18

Playford, Thomas. A small selection of original and other hymns, for the use of Christians, [Adelaide?: T. Playford?], 1860

Playford, Thomas. Sermons and other discourses, Adelaide: W.C. Rigby; Melbourne: George Robertson, 1872

'The Rev Thomas Playford', South Australian register, 9 October 1873, p. 15



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