Commissioner Welcomed At Ulverstone – The Advocate, Thursday 10 December 1936, page 8
of, Commissioner Robert Henry (the leader of the Salvation Army in the Southern Territory at the time.)
This is an excerpt of a much longer article celebrating their official visit to Ulverstone in 1936.
Continuing, he said he also had a purpose in his work – to build and extend the Salvation Army in his territory. Long ago, two men, one a carpenter and the other a milkman, decided to start the Army in Australia. General William Booth sent officers to this country and the foundations were laid.
The pioneers had carried out their work at the cost of much struggling and labor. Referring to the hardships which were endured in the early days of the Army, the Commissioner said: “My own wife had the honour of going to prison in Bairnsdale, Victoria, for taking part in an open-air meeting, because some people thought it a sin against the Crown to do so.”
He spoke highly of the officers and members of the Army, without whom the work could not have carried on.
Army people, he said, were saved to save (emphasis mine). But they did not put service before salvation, which was the foundation of Army service. Out of salvation sprang the spirit of service and self-sacrifice, and the remarkable record of the Army in all countries arose out of the spirit of service. Members of the Army were also willing to sacrifice as well as to serve, and he hoped they would never lose the power to do so.