|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 arrived 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]
Within three years they had visited 225 towns. [Keynote address by Dr. Vahid Saberi at the Heroes Teaching Conference 6-7 April, 2019]
||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 was formed in Melbourne.
||Local Spiritual Assemblies; First Local Spiritual Assemblies
||The second local spiritual assembly in Australia was formed in Perth.
||Local Spiritual Assemblies
|1934 15–18 May
||The first National Convention of the Bahá’ís of Australia and New Zealand was held in Sydney, with nine delegates in attendance. [SBR165]
The first National Spiritual Assembly of Australia and New Zealand was elected with its seat in Sydney. [SBR165]
||Sydney; Australia; New Zealand
||Conventions, National; NSA; First conventions
|1936 (In the year)
||The National Assembly of Australia and New Zealand first issued its news organ, the Bahá’í Quarterly.
||Australia; New Zealand
|1937 2 May
||The Yerrinbool Bahá’í School (originally known as ‘Bolton Place’) was 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, passed away in Sydney. [BW9:595; SBR166]
Shortly after his passing Shoghi Effendi appointed 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.
For a biography see The Bahá'í Encyclopedia Project
||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
|1944 (In the year)
||Hand of the Cause Collis Featherstone and his wife, Madge, were introduced to the Bahá’í Faith by Bertha and Joe Dobbins in Adelaide, Australia. They became Bahá’ís later in the year.
||Collis Featherstone; Madge Featherstone; Bertha Dobbins; Joe Dobbins
|1944 (In the year)
||The National Spiritual Assembly of Australia incorporated.
|1947 (In the year)
||The Australian-New Zealand teaching plan (1947–53), comprising internal goals only, was launched. [BBRSM158]
||Australia; New Zealand
||The National Spiritual Assembly of Australia and New Zealand launched 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 to form.
|1957 7 May
||Shoghi Effendi sent 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 called 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 was 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 was the architect of the Mother Temple of Australasia, attended, 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 was 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, passed away in Sydney. (b.12 May 1869) [BW13:859; MoC245]
For her obituary see BW13:859–62.
For cable from the Hands see MoC245.
See also SBR153–75.
Shoghi Effendi had appointed her among the second contingent on the 29th of February, 1952. [MoCxxiii]
For a biography see The Bahá'í Encyclopedia Project.
||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, enrolled. [BW14:369]
|1961 16 Sep
||The House of Worship in Sydney, the Mother Temple of the Antipodes, was dedicated by Hand of the Cause Rúhíyyih Khánum in a service for Bahá’ís only. [BW13:729; MoC15]
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 was 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 MoC309–12.
For cable of the Custodians to the Bahá’ís of the world see MoC313.
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 were 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.
See CG68-69 for a brief description of the Intercontinental Conference in Kampala.
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; Dawn-breakers; Dawnbreakers
|1969 4 – 6 Apr
||The first National Youth Conference of Australia opened at Bolton Place summer School. [BW15:329]
For picture see BW15:328.
||Bolton Place; Australia
||Conferences, Bahai; Conferences, Youth; Conferences, National; Conferences, First
|1975 (In the year)
||The Bahá’í Publishing Trust of Australia was established.
|1982 9 – 12 Apr
||The first Conference on Bahá’í Scholarship to be held in Australia took 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 was 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, was 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
|1987 (In the year)
||The first National Children’s Camp in Australia was 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 designated 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's last days and funeral.
See LoF434-448 for a biography.
Find a grave.
||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 were 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 it was 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.
The film, 'Abdu'l-Bahá: Mission to America, made by Elizabeth Martin, was prepared for the World Congress program and also used in the Theme Pavilion. [HNWE45]
||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; film; 'Abdu'l-Baha: Mission to America; Elizabeth Martin
||The Australian Bahá'í community and the Arrente Aboriginal tribe co-sponsored 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 (b. Gloria Alá'í on 12 March, 1921 in Tehran) in Brisbane, Australia. The Universal House of Justice said they remembered with appreciation "her many contributions to the progress of the Bahá'í communities, including her pioneering in Bahrain with her illustrious husband, her work at the Bahá'í 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]
Some of her publications were:
- The Bahá'i Faith, An Introduction (1971) Lebanon
- Fire on the Mountain Top (1973) London
- Flowers of One Garden (1977) Poona, India
- Stories about 'Abdu'l-Bahá
- Bahá'u'lláh: The Promised One (2002)
- Stories About Bahá'í Funds (1993)
|Brisbane; Australia; Bahrain
||Gloria Faizi; In Memoriam; Births and deaths
|2004 16 Oct
||The first annual Australian Bahá'í Film Festival at the Sydney Bahá'í 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 were held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Sydney, Australia and Madrid, Spain. [BWNS690]
||Ulaan Baatar; Mongolia; Sydney; Australia; Madrid; Spain
||Regional Conferences; BWNS
|2011 - 2016 (The Five Year Plan)
||The annual number of seminars for undergraduate students offered by the Institute for Studies in Global Prosperity rose from 21 at the start of the Plan to 39. More than 4,000 youth in more than 60 countries were served.
The seminar for university graduates and for young professionals, first offered in North America in 2008, was extended to Australia, Europe, Latin America and south and Southeast Asia over the duration of the Plan. As of this date more than 700 individuals had taken part. [The Five Year Plan 2011-2016: Summary of Achievements and Learning pg113]
||Australia; Europe; Latin America; Southeast Asia; South Asia; North America
||Institute for Studies in Global Prosperity; statistics; Z****
|2016 25 Apr
||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 Bahá'í 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
|2019. 6 - 7 Apr
||The Heroes Teaching Conference was an historic gathering of over 1,000 Baha'i adults, youth, junior youth and children, as well as some of their like-minded friends from all over Southern Queensland and Northern New South Wales, Australia. It was organised by the Regional Bahá'í Council and Board of Counsellors, the program aimed to help its participants find their place in service to Bahá’u’lláh and humanity, by drawing on the heroism of the past, inspiring them to arise, through humble service, and become heroes of the Faith for this age. [Conference Website]
||Heroes Teaching Conference; Conferences