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The plaque commemorates 200th anniversary of the Sunday School Movement which was begun by Robert Raikes in England in 1780.

Robert Raikes, (1735 -1811), British journalist, philanthropist, and pioneer of the Sunday-school movement. His philanthropic work began with a concern with prison reform.

The son of a printer and newspaper publisher (the Gloucester Journal), Raikes succeeded to his father’s business in 1757. He joined in such humanitarian causes as prison reform and hospital care. Noting the unsupervised behaviour of Gloucester children on Sundays, Raikes engaged in 1780 a number of women to teach reading and the church catechism on Sundays. The experiment was so successful that he could record in the Gloucester Journal (Nov. 3, 1783) that the district had become “quite a heaven upon Sundays.” The Sunday-school movement spread rapidly to all parts of the country. In 1785 the Sunday School Society was formed. The Sunday School Union (1803) was a direct result of Raikes’s work.


Address:45 Robert Street, Moonta Uniting Church, Moonta, 5558
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.067469
Long: 137.588321
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Culture
Approx. Event Start Date:1780
Approx. Event End Date:1980


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 2nd November, 1980
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Sunday 2nd November. 1980

This plaque commemorates the occasion of the official celebration of the Uniting Church in Australia, Synod of South Australia, 

To mark the 200th anniversary of the Sunday School Movement, begun by Robert Raikes in England. 

Jesus said, "Let the children come to Me"  (Mark 10 : 14)


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