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Australasian Journal of Salvation Army History

Australasian Journal of Salvation Army History

16 August 2016

By Lauren Martin

At a hefty 170 pages, the inaugural Australasian Journal of Salvation Army History is hardly something to flick through whilst rushing through your breakfast and sipping on your morning coffee. That’s not to say it’s not fascinating reading. The first in the bi-annual publication covers topics as diverse as a study on the poem and event that led to the romance of Catherine and William Booth, to an investigation into how World War One affected The Salvation Army in New Zealand.

Despite being very different in style, the journal follows on from where its predecessor, Hallelujah! magazine [a production of the Keeping It Alive, South Pacific History Project] left off, providing a platform for the publication of fresh or revisited Salvation Army history.

According to its executive editor, Garth R. Hentzschel, the journal was born out of a need to fill a number of gaps in existing Salvation Army history, brought about by the fact that many early histories were written without reference to primary sources. Each paper in the journal is peer-reviewed and is housed electronically in the Australian National Library and the Historical Society’s webpage. The first edition has received a number of accolades from Australian and international academics.

Former world leader of The Salvation Army, General Frederick Coutts, once said, “History is to an organisation as memory is to an individual.” The Australasian Journal of Salvation Army History is an important resource, providing an accurate account of who The Salvation Army is through an honest investigation of its strengths and weaknesses. After reading the first volume, I am excited about what’s to come. 

The Australasian Journal of Salvation Army History can be found at salvos.org.au/historicalsociety or head to The Salvation Army's Historial Society Facebook page.

 

 

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