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August 2009: The Southern Cross Crusades, 1959
Crowd at the final meeting of the Melbourne
Crusade, at the Cricket Grounds,
2009 marks the 50th anniversary of one
of the most significant of of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association's
many campaigns, the 1959 meetings in New Zealand and Australia. Graham
and his associate evangelists (Leighton Ford, Grady Wilson, Joseph Blinco)
held one day rallies in Canberra, Hobart, and Launceston and more lengthy
campaigns in Auckland, Wellington, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, and Brisbane..
The meetings got major media coverage in both countries and attendance
in Australia was over three million, a significant portion of the total
population. Rev. R. C. Kerle, the Anglican Bishop Coadjustor of Sydney,
called it the "biggest thing that ever happened in the church history
of Australia." Approximately half of the Australian nation saw
Graham or one of his associates live or via land lines (cable).