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General Meeting of the Society of Friends
Title : General Meeting of the Society of Friends General Meeting of the Society of Friends
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Date of creation : 1917
Format : Photograph
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By the early decades of the 20th century, the Society of Friends (Quakers) was well established in Adelaide. The Meeting House in Pennington Terrace, North Adelaide, was the oldest original religious structure in the city, and other 'meetings' had been formed in the suburbs at Blackwood and Campbelltown. Families including the Ashbys, Robsons, Williams and Fennells were just some of the active members. Visiting Quakers from Britain had encouraged and enlivened the Australian church, and camps and conferences were well attended.
As a group, the Quakers had been vocal in their opposition to the 1909 Commonwealth Defence Act - which made military training for boys aged between 14 and 17 compulsory. Unlike the leadership of some other churches, they also vigorously opposed conscription during the First World War, finding much support among the ordinary population who twice voted against its introduction. This photograph was taken during a (national) General Meeting, held in Adelaide.
Related names :

Ashby family

Fennell family

Robson family

Williams family

Botanic Gardens of Adelaide and State Herbarium

Coverage year : 1917
Place : Adelaide (S. Aust.)
Region : Adelaide city
Further reading :
Stevenson, Charles. 'From pariah to pacesetter: the Adelaide media and the Quakers, 1915-1923', Journal of the Historical Society of South Australia, no. 19 (1991), pp. 165-172
Stevenson, Charles. The millionth snowflake: the history of Quakers in South Australia, North Adelaide, S. Aust.: The Religious Society of Friends (Adelaide Meeting), 1987
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