Reverend Daniel DraperPrint Page
Commemorates Reverend Daniel Draper, who influenced the choice of a Gothic design for Wesley Church while chairman of the Victoria district, was a minister of the church, and died along with his wife and 240 other people in the sinking of the "London" in the Bay of Biscay in 1866
|Address:||148 Lonsdale Street, Wesley Uniting Church, Melbourne, 3000|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -37.810195|
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To the memory of the Reverend Daniel. J. Draper born at Wickham, Hampshire, England, August 28th 1810, who perished , together with Mrs Draper and more than two hundred and forty others in the foundering of the steam ship London, in the Bay of Biscay, January 11th 1866.
Possessing unfeigned piety and superior qualifications, he was called into the Wesleyan Ministry in 1834 . For thirty years he laboured in the principal Circuits of New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria, and was in every place eminently instrumental in promoting the establishment of the Redeemer's Kingdom. Gifted with a well cultivated mind, exemplary for the union of dignity and cheerfulness, of unwearied zeal, uniform courtesy, & great practical sagacity and being a good Minister of Jesus Christ; he was extensively love and honoured by the Methodist people throughout these Colonies, and also by the Brethren in the Ministry, who elected him as PRESIDENT OF THE FIFTH AUSTRALASIAN CONFERENCE, and as their REPRESENTATIVE to the BRITISH CONFERENCE OF 1865. While conscientiously attached to the Church of his early choice he cordially cooperated with Christians of other Denominations in efforts for the propagation of the Gospel and the relief of suffering humanity. In relations of private life he was distinguished by gentleness, affection and fidelity. For several days before the Ship sank he was incessant in administering to his fellow sufferers , and was often heard to pray " O God may those that are not Converted be Converted now :- hundreds of them."
THE SUBSCRIBERS to the DRAPER MEMORIAL FUND desirous of perpetuating their sense of his worth and Christain heroism in the face of dreadful death, and glorifying GOD in him , HAVE ENDOWED A SCHOLARSHIP IN WESLEY COLLEGE , AND ERECTED THIS TABLET.