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August 2009: The Southern Cross Crusades, 1959

Crowd at the final meeting of the Melbourne Crusade, at the Cricket Grounds,
March 15.


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).

This month, the Bulletin Board has links to audio recordings, photos and documents from these powerful meetings that occurred fifty years ago.

Click here to go to the 1959 Southern Cross Crusades page