George Judkins (1871 – 1958) Methodist reformer
From 1914 minister of the Ballarat Neil Street Methodist Church, George Judkins came to the forefront of the moral reform movement as successor to his more famous brother and throughout World War I was conspicuous in defence of God and country.
George Alfred Judkins was born on 13 March 1871 at Glendaruel, near Clunes. He probably attended Sheepwash (Tourello) School where his father was headteacher and his mother and eldest sister also taught.
After short trials as a local preacher at Coleraine and Katamatite he enrolled for theological studies at Queen’s College in 1892. His first appointment, in 1897, was to the raw Tasmanian mining town of Queenstown, where he practised an earnest open-air evangelism and supervised erection of the first church. His Victorian ministry followed, with short stays at Richmond (1899-1900), Yarram (1901-03), Bendigo (1904-07), Echuca (1908-10) and Horsham (1911-13).
From 1914 minister of the Ballarat Neil Street Methodist Church, Judkins came to the forefront of the moral reform movement as successor to his more famous brother and throughout World War I was conspicuous in defence of God and country.
During the next fourteen years Judkins toured the State in a crusade against social evil. By a combination of fiery oratory and adroit lobbying of Spring-street politicians, he largely succeeded in preserving Victoria from the iniquities of the totalizator, the lottery, the immoral book and the ‘Continental Sunday’. At his election as president of the Victorian and Tasmanian Conference in 1937 he even dared to prophesy a spiritual revival to match the incipient economic recovery.
In 1939 ‘Juddy’, in poor health, resigned from the social services department, acting in retirement as chaplain to Epworth Hospital and as a pastor to congregations at Malvern and Canterbury. He was short and balding, with a square jaw and bristling moustache, his pulpit manner was fervent and pugnacious; yet he was loved as a kindly and understanding pastor. His marriage, to Aline May Giraoud at Richmond on 8 April 1901, was happy and Judkins was proud that their four children all ‘walked in the way of the truth’. Survived by his family he died at Box Hill on 8 October 1958 and was cremated.
Complete article : http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A090727b.htm (start half way down the page)
His brother, William Judkins : https://atributetoaustralianchristians.wordpress.com/2010/10/28/william-judkins/
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