|1913 13 May
||Birth of H. Collis Featherstone, Hand of the Cause of God, at Quorn, South Australia.
||Collis Featherstone; Hands of the Cause; Hands of the Cause, Births and deaths; Births and deaths
|1920 10 Apr
||Clara and Hyde Dunn arrive in Sydney, Australia. [AB445]
SBR158 says this was 18 Apr 1919.
- They are thought to be the first Bahá'í pioneers to have arrived at their post after the release of the Tablets of the Divine Plan. [G. Hassel]
||Clara and Hyde Dunn; Clara Dunn; John Henry Hyde Dunn; Hands of the Cause
|1922 (in the year)
||Oswald Whitaker, a Sydney optometrist, and Euphemia Eleanor `Effie' Baker, a photographer, become Bahá'ís, the first Australians to accept the Faith. [BW14:320; SBR160-1, BW2p129]
- In the 1930s Effie Baker travelled to Persia to take photographs of historical sites. [BW14:320]
- See SETPE1p105-107 for her contribution while serving in Haifa.
- For Effie Baker's obituary see BW14:320-1.
||Oswald Whitaker; Effie Baker; Photography; First Bahais by country or area
||The first local spiritual assembly in Australia is formed in Melbourne.
||Local Spiritual Assemblies; First Local Spiritual Assemblies
||The second local spiritual assembly in Australia is formed in Perth.
||Local Spiritual Assemblies
|1934 15–18 May
||The first National Convention of the Bahá’ís of Australia and New Zealand is held in Sydney, with nine delegates in attendance. [SBR165]
- The first National Spiritual Assembly of Australia and New Zealand is elected with its seat in Sydney. [SBR165]
|Sydney; Australia; New Zealand
||Conventions, National; NSA; First conventions
||The National Assembly of Australia and New Zealand first issues its news organ, the Bahá’í Quarterly.
||Australia; New Zealand;
|1937 2 May
||The Yerrinbool Bahá’í School (originally known as ‘Bolton Place’) is officially opened in Australia.
||Yerrinbool Bahai School; Bahai schools
||The National Spiritual Assembly of Australia and New Zealand incorporate. [GPB336]
||Australia; New Zealand
||NSA of Australia; NSA of New Zealand; Incorporation; Recognition
|1941 17 Feb
||John Henry Hyde Dunn, passes away in Sydney. [BW9:595; SBR166]
- Shortly after his passing Shoghi Effendi appoints him to the rank of Hand of the Cause of God. (26 April, 1952) [MoCxxii]
- For the story of his life see SBR153–68.
- For his obituary see BW9:593–7.
||John Henry Hyde Dunn; Hands of the Cause; Hands of the Cause, Births and deaths; Births and deaths; In Memoriam; Hands appointed posthumously by Shoghi Effendi
||Hand of the Cause Collis Featherstone and his wife, Madge, are introduced to the Bahá’í Faith by Bertha and Joe Dobbins in Adelaide, Australia. They become Bahá’ís later in the year.
||Collis Featherstone; Madge Featherstone; Bertha Dobbins; Joe Dobbins
||The National Spiritual Assembly of Australia incorporates.
||The Australian-New Zealand teaching plan (1947–53), comprising internal goals only, is launched. [BBRSM158]
||Australia; New Zealand
||The National Spiritual Assembly of Australia and New Zealand launch a Six Year Plan (1947-1953). [Ruhi 8.2 p46]
||Australia; New Zealand
||Teaching Plans; Teaching Plans, National
||The formation of the first Local Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Canberra, the last capital city in Australia for form.
|1957 7 May
||Shoghi Effendi sends a fragment of the plaster from the room of the Báb in the Fortress of Máh-Kú to Australia to be set in the foundations of the Mashriqu’l-Adhkár. [LANZ134; SBR172]
||Mashriqul-Adhkar, Sydney; Fortress of Mah-Ku; Gifts; Relics; Boxes containing dust, earth or plaster; Shoghi Effendi, Life of
||Shoghi Effendi calls for the convocation of a series of Intercontinental Conferences to be held successively in Kampala, Uganda; Sydney, Australia; Chicago, United States; Frankfurt, Germany; and Djakarta, Indonesia. [BW13:311–12; MBW125]
||BWC; Kampala; Uganda; Sydney; Australia; Chicago; United States; Frankfurt; Germany; Djakarta; Indonesia
||Conferences, Bahai; Conferences, Teaching; Conferences, Intercontinental; Ten Year Crusade
|1958 21–24 Mar
||The second Intercontinental Conference held at the mid-point of the Crusade convenes in Sydney, Australia. [BW13:319]
- Hand of the Cause Charles Mason Remey, who had been designated by the Guardian as his representative and who is the architect of the Mother Temple of Australasia, attends, accompanied by four other Hands of the Cause. [BW13:317]
- For the message of the Custodians to the conference see MC72–5.
- For a report of the conference see BW13:319–21.
|Sydney; Australia; Australasia
||Hands of the Cause; Hands of the Cause, Activities; Charles Mason Remey; Mashriqul-Adhkar, Sydney; Conferences, Bahai; Conferences, Teaching; Conferences, Intercontinental; Ten Year Crusade; Mashriqul-Adhkar, Design; Architecture; Architects
|1958 22 Mar
||The foundation stone of the first Mashriqu’l-Adhkár of the Antipodes is laid by Hands of the Cause Charles Mason Remey and Clara Dunn. [BW13:321]
||Mashriqul-Adhkar (House of Worship); Mashriqul-Adhkar, Sydney; Charles Mason Remey; Clara Dunn; Foundation stones and groundbreaking
|1960 18 Nov
||Clara Dunn, Hand of the Cause of God, passes away in Sydney. (b.12 May 1869) [BW13:859; MC245]
- For her obituary see BW13:859–62.
- For cable from the Hands see MC245.
- See also SBR153–75.
- Shoghi Effendi had appointed her among the second contingent on the 29th of February, 1952. [MoCxxiii]
||Clara Dunn; Hands of the Cause; Hands of the Cause, Births and deaths; Births and deaths; In Memoriam; Hands of the Cause, Second Contingent
|1961 23 Jun
||Fred Murray, the first full-blooded Aborigine and member of the Minen tribe to become a Bahá’í, enrols. [BW14:369]
|1961 16 Sep
||The House of Worship in Sydney, the Mother Temple of the Antipodes, is dedicated by Hand of the Cause Rúhíyyih Khánum in a service for Bahá’ís only. [BW13:729; MC15]
- For details of the service and pictures see BW13:726–32.
||Mashriqul-Adhkar, Sydney; Amatul-Baha Ruhiyyih Khanum; Dedications
|1961 17 Sep
||The House of Worship in Sydney is officially opened by Hand of the Cause Rúhíyyih Khánum in two public services, each attended by 900 people. [BW13:732]
- For message of the Custodians to the dedication service see MC309–12.
- For cable of the Custodians to the Bahá’ís of the world see MC313.
Location: Sydney, Australia (Ingleside on the MonaVale Road).
Foundation Stone: 26 Jan 1958 (Clara Dunn and Hand of the Cause Charles Mason Remey, who had been designated by the Guardian as his representative, while attending the 2nd International Conference 21-24 March, 1958. A small bag of earth from the inner Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh and a piece of plaster from the room of the Báb in Máh-Kú was deposited under the floor.)
Construction Period: 1957-1961
Site Dedication:16 September 1961 (Amatu’l-Bahá Rúhíyyih Khánum brought a gift from the Guardian- a green silk carpet from the Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh.)
Architect C.M. Remey
Dimensions: 124ft at the base and 130ft high
Cost: Original budget was 120,000 Pounds Sterling
References: BW13:319-322, BW13p720-732 CEBF241
||Mashriqul-Adhkar (House of Worship); Mashriqul-Adhkar, Quick facts; Mashriqul-Adhkar, Sydney; Amatul-Baha Ruhiyyih Khanum; Dedications; Clara Dunn; Charles Mason Remey; Architects; Boxes containing dust, earth or plaster; Bahaullah, Shrine of; Mah-Ku; Gifts; - Basic timeline, Expanded
|1967 5 – 10 Oct
||Six Intercontinental Conferences are held simultaneously in Panama City, Wilmette, Sydney, Kampala, Frankfurt and New Delhi to celebrate the centenary of the proclamation of Bahá’u’lláh to the kings and rulers of the world in September/October of 1867. [BW 14:221]
- For the message of the Universal House of Justice to the conferences see BW14:221–2.
- For descriptions of each conference see BW14:223–58.
- The six Hands of the Cause representing the Universal House of Justice at the conferences travelled to Adrianople to visit the House of Bahá’u’lláh before dispersing to the conferences. [BW14:236, 458; VV2]
|Panama; Wilmette; US; Sydney; Australia; Kampala; Uganda; Frankfurt; Germany; New Delhi; India
||Conferences, Bahai; Conferences, Intercontinental; Tablets to Kings and rulers; Centenaries
|1968 1 or 2 Jan
||The passing of Euphemia (Effie) Eleanor Baker (b.25 March 1880 at Goldsborough, Victoria) in Waverley, New South Wales.
- For Effie Baker's obituary see BW14:320-1.
- She became a Bahá'í in 1922 after attending a lecture by Clara and Hyde Dunn in Melbourne. She was the first woman to converted to the Faith in Australia.
- She served in Haifa from 1925 to 1936. See SETPE1p105-107 for her contribution during that period.
- In the 1930s Effie Baker travelled to Persia to take photographs of historical sites. Many of these photographs were included in The Dawnbreakers. [BW14:320]
- She was buried in the Bahá'í Cemetery in Mona Vale. [Australian Dictionary of Biography]
|Waverly; New South Wales; Australia
||Effie Baker; In Memoriam; Births and deaths; Cemeteries and graves
|1969 4 – 6 Apr
||The first National Youth Conference of Australia opens at Bolton Place summer School. [BW15:329]
- For picture see BW15:328.
|Bolton Place; Australia
||Conferences, Bahai; Conferences, Youth; Conferences, National; Conferences, First
||The Bahá’í Publishing Trust of Australia is established.
|1982 9 – 12 Apr
||The first Conference on Bahá’í Scholarship to be held in Australia takes place at Yerrinbool Bahá’í School in New South Wales. [BW18:202-203]
||New South Wales; Australia
||Conferences, Other; Conferences; Bahai studies; First conferences
|1982 2 – 5 Sep
||A Bahá’í International Conference to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the passing of the Greatest Holy Leaf is held in Canberra, Australia, attended by some 2,400 Bahá’ís, twice as many as were expected, from 45 countries. [BW18:100; VV61]
- For the message of the Universal House of Justice see BW18:159–60.
- For a pictorial report see BW18:147–50.
||Conferences, Bahai; Conferences, International; Bahiyyih Khanum (Greatest Holy Leaf)
||The Association for Bahá’í Studies, Australia, is established in Perth. [BW19:356]
||Bahai Studies, Associations for
||Jack Malardy, 88-year-old tribal leader of the Karradjarrie people of Australia, and his wife Lilly become Bahá’ís in Lagrange, Australia. [BINS156:3; BINS179:1]
||Jack Malardy; Lilly Malardy
||The first National Children’s Camp in Australia is held in Yerrinbool School with 36 children between 9 and 13 years of age in attendance. [BINS173:10]
||Yerrinbool Bahai School; Bahai schools; Children
||The United Nations Secretary-General designates the Bahá’í International Community and the National Spiritual Assemblies of Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Kenya and Lesotho as Peace Messengers, an honour given to only 300 organizations worldwide for their support of the UN Year of Peace 1986. [BINS173:4]
||New York; United States; Australia; Belgium; Brazil; Kenya; Lesotho
||United Nations; Bahai International Community; International Year of Peace; Peace
|1990 29 Sep
||The passing of Hand of the Cause of God H. Collis Featherstone in Katmandu, Nepal. He was born at Quorn, South Australia on May 5th, 1913. [BINS232:8, VV12, The Bahá'í Encyclopedia, Find a grave]
- For his obituary see BW20p809-818.
- Shoghi Effendi had appointed him among the third contingent on the 2nd of October, 1957. [MoCxxiii]
- See Bahá'í Recollections for an article complete with pictures by Narenda Pande about Mr. Featherstone last days and funeral.
|Kathmandu; Nepal; Quorn; South Australia
||Hands of the Cause; Hands of the Cause, Births and deaths; Births and deaths; Collis Featherstone; In Memoriam; Hands of the Cause, Third Contingent
|1992 23 – 26 Nov
||The Second World Congress was held in New York City to commemorate the centenary of the passing of Bahá'u'lláh and the completion of the Six Year Plan. It was attended by some 28,000 Bahá'ís from some 180 countries. [BBD240] [VV136-141] [BW92-3p98-101, 136]
- Nine auxiliary conferences were held in Buenos Aires, Sydney, New Delhi, Nairobi, Panama City, Bucharest, Moscow, Apia and Singapore. [BINS283:3-4]
- For pictures see [BINS283:9-10], [BW92-3p100] and [VV136-141]
- "New York will become a blessed spot from which the call to steadfastness in the Covenant and Testament of God will go forth to every part of the world." - 'Abdu'l-Bahá [AWH77-8 90-1 105-6]
- On the 25th of November a concert was held in Carnegie Hall as a birthday tribute to Dizzy Gillespie called "Celebrating the Bahá'í Vision of World Peace". [VV141]
- On the 26th of November Bahá'ís around the world are linked together by a live satellite broadcast serving the second Bahá'í World Congress, the nine auxiliary conferences and the Bahá'í World Centre and is received by those with access to satellite dish antennas. [BINS283:1–5, 8; BINS286:10; BINS287:4]
- For the message of the Universal House of Justice read on the satellite link see BW92–3:37–4.
- For accounts of personal experiences by some of the attendees see In the Eyes of His Beloved Servants: The Second Bahá'í World Congress and Holy Year by J. Michael Kafes.
|New York; United States; Buenos Aires; Argentina; Sydney; Australia; New Delhi; India; Nairobi; Kenya; Panama; Bucharest; Romania; Moscow; Russia; Apia; Samoa; Singapore
||World Congresses; Carnegie Hall; Centenaries; Bahaullah, Ascension of; Dizzy Gillespie; - Basic timeline, Expanded
||The Australian Bahá'í community and the Arrente Aboriginal tribe co-sponsor an intercultural celebration of indigenous peoples, ‘Heart of Australia Calling' in Alice Springs to mark UN International Year for the World's Indigenous Peoples. [BW93–4:90]
||Alice Springs; Australia
||Indigenous people; Cultural diversity; United Nations
||A Maoris teaching team visited British Columbia. The visit was reciprocated by The Journey of Teech-ma, the First Nations Travel Teaching Trip to the South Pacific. See entry for 24 March, 1997. [SDSC370]
||British Columbia; Canada; Australia; New Zealand
||First Nations; Maoris; Indigenous people; Travel teaching
|1997. 24 Mar - 16 May
||The nine member First Nations Travel Teaching Trip to the South Pacific, called "The Journey of Teech-ma" consisted of Canadian Bahá'ís from Kwakiutl, Nuu-Cha-Nuth, the Ojibway First Nations, a Yupik Bahá'í from Alaska and three non-Native Canadian friends. They shared their culture and their Faith with the Maori, other New Zealanders, the Aborigines and other Australians as well as the ne-Vanuatu peoples. See entry for 1994 Summer. [SDSC370]
||New Zealand; Australia; Vanuatu; Canada
||First Nations; Travel Teaching; Pacific; Maoris; Aboriginal people; Indigenous people
|2004 29 Jun
||The passing of Gloria Faizi in Brisbane, Australia. The Universal House of Justice said they remembered with appreciation "her many contributions to the progress of the Baha'i communities, including her pioneering in Bahrain with her illustrious husband, her work at the Baha'i World Centre, and her devoted travels far and wide as a teacher of the Cause."
- Gloria Faizi was born into the Ala'i family, distinguished for its service to the Faith. She met the head of the Faith, Shoghi Effendi, when she accompanied her father to the Holy Land as a child. When she was 17, she married Abu'l-Qásim Faizi, and together they assisted Baha'i communities in a remote rural area of Iran before settling in Bahrain in the mid-1940s. Their two children, Naysan and May, were born during their 15 years there. [BWNW318, BW04-05p287]
|Brisbane; Australia; Bahrain
||Gloria Faizi; In Memoriam; Births and deaths
|2004 16 Oct
||The first annual Australian Baha’i Film Festival at the Sydney Baha’i Centre for which more than 30 short films had been submitted. [Australian Bahá'í Film Fest]
||Film festivals; Film
|2009 24 – 25 Jan
||Regional Conferences held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Sydney, Australia and Madrid, Spain. [BWNS690]
||Ulaan Baatar; Mongolia; Sydney; Australia; Madrid; Spain
||Regional Conferences; BWNS
||The passing of former member of the International Teaching Centre, Joy Stevenson (b. 1919) in Queanbeyan, Australia. She made a distinctive contribution to the advancement of Baha'i communities in Australasia as a Counsellor and an Auxiliary Board member and as a member of the National Spiritual Assembly of Australia. [BWNS1103]
||In Memoriam; Joy Stevenson; International Teaching Centre, Members of; BWNS