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The monument commemorates the Moravian Brethren who first erected the church.

The Moravian Church, also known as the Church of the United Brethren, originated in central Europe in the fifteenth century. The Church was essentially a missionary fellowship and the first Moravian missionaries were sent to Australia at the invitation of authorities in New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria in October 1849.

These Moravian Brethren were evangelical and pietistic in attitude and were very mission-minded, both by practising mission-work and by supporting missions. Some members arrived in the mid 1850s and settled at first near Light Pass. Pastor C.S.D Schondorf was sent from Herrnhut to be their Pastor and he soon found and purchased some land west of Kapunda for his members. The congregation was organized on 1 March 1857 and surnames of the foundation members included Arnold, Goedecke, Gruhl, Hombsch, John, Kirsch, Kornetzky and Linke.


Address:Church Road, Lutheran Church, Bethel, 5373
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.330553
Long: 138.831777
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Culture
Approx. Event Start Date:1857
Approx. Event End Date:1857


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:April-1964
Front Inscription

To the glory of God

And in thankful memory of the Moravian Brethren who in 1857 erected a Church and Manse on this site

- April 1964 -

Source: MA
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