Monday Memories – Caravan Part 7

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Caravan Part 7

There is a file in the GFS Office full of letters which bring alive the work of the GFS caravan – letters from clergy in vast parishes in the outback of Western Australia, who paid a tribute over and over again to the women who travelled in the van and helped them from time to time in their enormous task.

The following comments speak for themselves:

Coorow: 4.1.1932 (The Revd A.W. Curtis)

“We appreciated the visit of the caravan to the district in December and marvelled at the energies of Miss Pine and Mrs Broadhurst.”

Wongan Hills: 30.7.1932

“Miss Dawson and Miss Pine made a really great impression upon this parish and I would be most grate/ul if the y would care to come again any time that is convenient.”

Bruce Rock: Easter 1935 (The Revd F.W. Guest)

“No Rector can help but say that the caravan is a God-send up in these scattered districts. The Rector has to work to a tim table and is able to devote only a small proportion of his time to each district. When the caravan arrives it is possible to get every district thoroughly visited, the children connected up with the Sunday School by Post and classes in the day schools, as well as the people having the opportunity of many extra Services.

I speak for my people when I say no one could have performed the work more efficiently nor won the hearts of the people so easily than Miss Burton.

Also, we must remember the driver, Miss Murray.  She certainly is a friend indeed of the Bush Parson.”

Meckering: 15.6.1935 (The Revd E.S. Bartlett)

“Before I came to WA I had heard of the wonderful work done by the caravan Missioners in Canada, so when I heard that there was a similar Mission touring the Diocese, I was eager to  come in contact with them.”

Wyalkatchem- Koorda parish:  27.5.1938  (The Revd L. Bothamley)

“The Caravan Workers came into the parish on 2 May and left again on 27 May, after a time of strenuous work largely devoted to giving instruction to confirmation candidates. I would like to say what a tremendous help their work has been to me.  At least 30 candidates live, some 30, others 50, and six of them 70 miles away from Wyalkatchem, our main centre. This fact makes ii very difficult to travel and give them regular and frequent instructions. Because Miss Burton, with her companion Miss Whalley, has been able to spend time at night on the farms far away and instruct the candidates, a great deal of important work has been done, which I could not possibly have managed myself since I have my regular daily round to do. I am most grateful for the splendid work that has been done and I pray that God will richly bless all their labours done in His name.”

Dongara: 22.7.1939 (The Revd R.G. Pym – Assistant Priest)

“. . . Quiet spiritual influence of the Missioner, who has made herself beloved by all.”

Moore River Native Settlement: 28.7.1939

“… I want to add the e thank s of the staff for the assistance Miss Burton gave at the hospital during a very taxing outbreak of pneumonia cases and flu among the staff; and for Miss Scott ‘s relief in the school. The natives all, young and old, have a very deep affection for Miss Burton and the caravan visit will long impress itself on all our memories as a happy, profitable occasion.”

Tour through Bencubbin-Nungarin: 7-27 March 1940 (The Revd Peter Hodge)

” The amount of good Miss Burton does is incalculable – she conducted services in places which have never had Good Friday or Holy Week Services before. Her work is almost perfect.

It is impossible to separate the caravaner from the caravan and vice-versa, and when I say that the caravan is a great asset to the parishes, I indicate that the Moving Church itself and Miss Burton as the Minister of that Moving Church are practically indispensable. “

 

If you would like to view the letters in their original format, please contact the office and we would love to show them to you.


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