Reginald Moffatt Fulford (1892 – 1945) Australian outback worker
Reginald Fulford was a council member of the Royal Flying Doctor Service. He was a representative of Bush Church Aid Society. “A real friend” who would “do anything for anybody” and an associate of John Flynn.
At the Holy Trinity Church Adelaide, during the incumbency of Reginald Fulford, who came from working with Bush Church Aid at Broken Hill in 1925, the congregation grappled with the impact of the continuing flight of members to the suburbs, the impact of the Great Depression and the disruption of World War Two. Income shrank seriously, and the childless Reg and Iris Fulford probably survived on fees for marriages. Nonetheless Fulford eagerly engaged young men and women in his “Reveille” (revival) fellowship meetings, aimed at encouraging revival. Several responded to become missionaries with CMS, notably Max and Marjorie Hart, who proceeded to Kenya in 1939. They later served in the Northern Territory before returning to Adelaide, where Max Hart established the teaching of Aboriginal languages at the University of South Australia.
Fulford and Harry Rowe, (the Sunday school superintendent and wood carver) rebuilt the pews in the nave to create the present single aisle layout. Fulford also encouraged the celebration of the church’s centenary in 1936-7 with the installation of the large east window, a children‟s window, and the creation of a set of gold-plated communion vessels crafted from gold given by members of the congregation.
The war saw Fulford often conducting marriages between departing servicemen and their girlfriends, as well as serving as chaplain to a RAAF training school. He was remembered as “a real friend” who would “do anything for anybody”. But the congregation had contracted even more, despite his forthright ministry.
Refer also John Flynn’s associates : https://atributetoaustralianchristians.wordpress.com/2010/10/31/john-flynns-associates
Image Holy Trinity, Adelaide’s Pioneer Church Image source : http://www.abouttime.sa.gov.au/2011/events/2011/tour-adelaides-pioneer-church-and-discover-its-living-history
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