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Thompson Memorial Sunday School Picnic
Title : Thompson Memorial Sunday School Picnic Thompson Memorial Sunday School Picnic
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Date of creation : 1934
Format : Photograph
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In every church the largest organisation was the Sunday School. In 1871 there were over 500 Sunday Schools across the state, with a total of 33,000 students. By 1881 69% of school-aged children in South Australia attended a Sunday school. Sunday School numbers remained high well into the 1960s. Adult church attendance was always far lower, with parents more than happy to expose their offspring to the perceived benefits of exposure to religion, while themselves often remaining less committed. Apart from the religious teaching, a major attaction was the traditional celebrations associated with the Sunday School. There were the anniversary concerts and tea treats, and of course the picnics. The children were taken into the country or to a park, participated in organised games, and were lavishly fed.
Related names :

Thompson Memorial Congregational Church (Gliberton, S. Aust.)

Coverage year : 1934
Region : Adelaide metropolitan area
Further reading :
Hilliard, David and Hunt, Arnold D. 'Religion', Flinders history of South Australia: social history, Ed. Eric Richards, Netley, S. Aust.: Wakefield Press, 1986, pp. 194-234
Statistical register of South Australia , Adelaide: WC Cox, Government Printer, 1860-1875
Thompson Memorial Congregational Church (Gilberton, S. Aust.). Church records, 1902-1964, SRG 95/132



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