Recalling with Gratitude – The memorials of the Canberra Baptist Church

 By R W (Bill) Hughes

Front cover image of the book - Recalling with Gratitude

Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the opening of the Canberra Baptist Church on 23-24 February 1929. This 85 page A4 size book was published in February 2004 on the occasion of the Canberra Baptist Church’s 75th Anniversary celebrations.

It contains the stories behind the more than 100 memorials in and around the church dedicated to the memory of prominent Australian Baptists and local Canberra Baptist Church members.

The book is illustrated with a number of colour photographs of the church and some of its beautiful stained glass windows.

Numerous black and white photographs of many of those remembered in the memorials are also included. Those who have read the book say that it is written in an easy to read style and that it contains important material on the life and work of many Australian Baptists.

About this book

The Canberra Baptist Church contains over one hundred memorials, many dating back to the 1920s and earlier. The church is a national memorial church for prominent Australian Baptists, and it also contains a number of memorials to former members of the church.

Most of the stories about the people for whom the memorials were placed in the church were unknown when Bill Hughes commenced his research into them almost five years ago. He has obtained information from a range of sources including relatives and friends, newspapers, journals, books, letters, public records and church archives. The primary aim of this book is to record his findings so that those who enter the church will no longer be surrounded by strangers, but rather by a “cloud of witnesses”.

About the author, RW (Bill) Hughes

Bill Hughes is a retired Barrister and Solicitor with a Bachelor of Legal Studies (Macquarie), a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Administration (Canberra) as well as a Graduate Certificate in Accounting and Financial Management (Charles Sturt). He has published a number of articles on administrative law and family law.

He worked for the Commonwealth Government in several Departments and Agencies for over 40 years, mainly in policy, legislation, appeals and research positions, before retiring at the end of 1998. At present he is Secretary-Treasurer of Canberra Christian Radio Ltd., which operates 1WAY-FM 91.9 in the Canberra/Queanbeyan region and he also is the Archivist at Canberra Baptist Church in Kingston ACT. Bill has been happily married to Roslyn (nee Hunter) for 25 years.

The book is available at its cost price ($15.00) plus postage ($5.00 within Australia) making a total cost of $20.00.

For copies write to the Office of the Canberra Baptist Church at PO Box 4055, Kingston ACT 2604, or telephone 02-6295 9470 or contact the church office here.