|1913 13 May
||Birth of H. Collis Featherstone, Hand of the Cause of God, at Quorn, South Australia.
||Quorn; South Australia
||H. Collis Featherstone; Hand of the Cause of God
|1919 26 Apr-1 May
||The 14 Tablets of the Divine Plan are unveiled in a dramatic ceremony at the Hotel McAlpin in New York, during the `Convention of the Covenant'. [BBD219; PP437; SBBH1:134; SBBH2:135; SBR86; TDPXI]
- For details of the convention programme, Tablets and talks given see SW10, 4:54-72; SW10, 5:83-94; SW10, 6:99-103, 111-12 SW10, 7:122-7, 138; SW10, 10:197-203; and SW10, 12:2279.
- Mary Maxwell (Rúhíyyih Khánum) is among the young people who unveil the Tablets. [PP437]
- Agnes Parsons arrives from her pilgrimage just before the close of the convention and is able to convey the instructions from `Abdu'l-Bahá to arrange a Convention for `the unity of the coloured and white races'. [BW5:413; SBR87]
- Hyde and Clara Dunn and Martha Root respond immediately to the appeal, the Dunns going to Australia where they open 700 towns to the Faith, and Martha Root embarking on the first of her journeys which are to extend over 20 years. [GPB308; MR88]
- See also CT138-9.
|Hotel McAlpin in New York; Australia
||Tablets of the Divine Plan; `Convention of the Covenant; Mary Maxwell (Ruhiyyih Khanum); Agnes Parsons; pilgrimage; `Abdu'l-Baha; Hyde and Clara Dunn; Martha Root
|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
|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; Euphemia Eleanor `Effie' Baker; local assembly
||The second local spiritual assembly in Australia is formed in Perth.
||local spiritual assembly
|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]
||National Convention; NSA
||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 Bahá’í School
||The National Spiritual Assembly of Australia and New Zealand incorporate. [GPB336]
||Australia; New Zealand;
||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 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; Six Year Plan
||Martin Manga arrives in the Northern Territories Protectorate, Australia, and is named a Knight of Bahá’u’lláh. [BW13:455]
||Northern Territories Protectorate; Australia
||Martin Manga; Knight of Baha’u’llah
||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]
||Mashriqu’l-Adhkár; Fortress of Máh-Kú
|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.
||Hand of the Cause; Charles Mason Remey; Mother Temple; Mashriqu'l-Adhkar; Intercontinental Conference; Conference
|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]
||Mashriqu’l-Adhkár; Hand of the Cause; Charles Mason Remey; Clara Dunn
|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; Hand of the Cause; In Memoriam; Appointment Hand - 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.
||House of Worship; Mother Temple; Hand of the Cause; Ruhiyyih Khanum; Mashriqu'l-Adhkar
|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.
||House of Worship; Hand of the Cause; Ruhiyyih Khanum; Mashriqu'l-Adhkar
|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 City; Panama; Wilmette; US; Sydney; Australia; Kampala; Uganda; Frankfurt; Germany; New Delhi; India
||Intercontinental Conference; Conference
|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
||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
||Conference on Baha’i Scholarship; Conference
|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.
||Baha’i International Conference; Conference; Greatest Holy Leaf
||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]
|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
||Hand of the Cause; Collis Featherstone; In Memoriam; Appointment Hand - Third Contingent
||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
||Heart of Australia Calling'; UN International Year for the World's Indigenous Peoples
|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;
||First Nations Travel Teaching Trip to the South Pacific; The Journey of Teech-ma; Kwakiutl; Nuu-Cha-Nuth; Ojibway First Nations; Yupik
|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; pioneer; UHJ; Shoghi Effendi
|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]
||Australian Baha’i Film Festival
|2009 24 – 25 Jan
||Regional Conferences held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Sydney, Australia and Madrid, Spain. [BWNS690]
||Ulaanbaatar; Mongolia; Sydney; Australia; Madrid; Spain
||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