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Reverend William Binks : 08-December-2011
Reverend William Binks : 08-December-2011
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A plaque commemorates Reverend William Binks who was a minister of the church for 36 years in Victoria and South Australia. 

By the death of the Rev. William Lawrence Binks, a well-known figure has been removed from the Wesleyan Methodist Church in Victoria. Mr Binks was brought up in the tenets of the Roman Catholic Church, but from reading and study he was led to leave that communion and to cast in his lot with the Wesleyans, joining the ranks the ministry of that church and entering upon mission work in British Guiana and Demarara. Afterwards he proceeded as a missionary to the West Indies, whence he came to came to Victoria upwards of 30 years ago. He was one of the first ministers who preached in the present Wesleyan Church in Lonsdale street,  Melbourne, immediately after its erection, and probably there is no minister living who has preached so often in that building as he did during the long period of close upon one third of a century. For several years he was on the supernumerary list, and for some time was actively engaged in the Wesleyan bookroom.  Mr Binks expired after a brief, but severe illness at the ripe age of 71 years, universally respected. Touching reference to his worth was made at last Sunday morning's service in the Lonsdale-strect church, which was draped in black, and the "Dead March in Saul " was played as a mark of respect to the memory of the deceased.
Geelong Advertiser (Vic), 3 June 1890.


Address:148 Lonsdale Street, Wesley Uniting Church, Melbourne, 3000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.810195
Long: 144.968133
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People


Front Inscription

The Rev. William Lawrence Binks  
Wesleyan Minister
Who died at Brighton, Victoria,
May 30th 1890
In the 71st year of his age,
And the 47th of his ministry.
He was for some years a missionary
In British Guiana, and the West Indies,
And for 36 years a minister in Victoria
And South Australia.
An able minister, a faithful pastor,
A wise administrator, a judicious counsellor,
He won the confidence of all who were
Associated with him in Christian work.
This church was erected in 1857,
During his superintendency of the
Melbourne First Circuit.

Source: MA
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