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Church Leader Visits Gravesite of First Latter-day Saint Missionary to Australia

Pacific Area Seventy (regional leader) of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Elder Andrew O’Riordan, visited the South Australian community of Victor Harbor last week.

While in the coastal town which is about 80 kms from Adelaide, he and his daughter, Meg and her friend Taylor, viewed the grave memorial of William James Barratt

Barratt was the first missionary of the Church sent to Australia and was buried there in 1889.

Mr Barratt has been in the Church’s historical spotlight this year as it is the 175th anniversary of his 1840 arrival to Adelaide. 

Elder O’Riordan was in town to preside at the inaugural conference of the Victor Harbor Branch (congregation), held on 30 August.

Victor Harbor mayor, Graham Philp, also attended the branch conference and was interested in the display on Elder Barratt and the Church’s early links to the area.

The local congregation is led by Boyd Fitton. He and other local Latter-day Saints carried out a service project at Victor Harbor Primary School on Saturday 29 August as part of the conference weekend activities.

The branch is part of the Adelaide Australia Marion Stake in South Australia. A stake is a group of Latter-day Saint congregations in a geographical area, 

Watch a short video about the Church’s missionary program.

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