Early Pentecostal Stirrings in Tasmania, 1910-1933


  • Damon Steven Adams Tabor College Tasmania


This article provides the first recorded account of the earliest Pentecostal stirrings in Tamania prior to the arrival of the Apostolic Church in 1934. Through careful investigation it has been discovered that the first Pentecostal efforts iin the state were those a of young Tasmanian woman in the northwest who had contact and connections with the Good News Hall in Melbourne, Victoria. Further, the article traces other Pentecostal activities in the state as well as additional connections to mainland Pentecostalism, all before 1934. Thus, this article establishes that there were early foundations laid which contributed towards the later formation of a permanent Pentecostal church in the Tasmania.

Author Biography

Damon Steven Adams, Tabor College Tasmania

Lecturer at Tabor College Tasmania in Theology and Biblical Studies. Former lecurer in Historical Theology at John Knox Theological College, Sydney. Ordained minister; trained in ministry for both Presbyterian and Pentecostal churches.

Former College chaplain and Pastor, Hobart Tasmania. Experience ln church planting, youth work and foreign missions.

Education: BA, Grad Dip Ed (Distinction), Grad Dip Theology, Teaching Certificate, Certificate in Christian Education, PhD (Theology)



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Good News


Advocate (Burnie, Tas.: 1890 - 1954)

The Brisbane Courier (Qld.: 1864 – 1933)

Examiner (Launceston, Tas.: 1900 - 1954)

The Kadina and Wallaroo Times (SA: 1888 - 1954)

The Mercury (Hobart, Tas.: 1860 - 1954)

Zeehan and Dundas Herald (Tas.: 1890 - 1922)



How to Cite

Adams, D. S. (2016). Early Pentecostal Stirrings in Tasmania, 1910-1933. Australasian Pentecostal Studies, 18. Retrieved from https://aps-journal.com/index.php/APS/article/view/9485