The self professed aims of this mission were to convert the Chinese of Perth to christianity, prepare converts for membership into the church and provide instruction in the work of foreign missions, especially in China. Funds were raised to support teachers in China and money was donated to building Christian churches in Chinese villages.
Generally efforts to convert the Chinese to christianity in Australia had little success. In 1901 only twenty percent of Western Australian Chinese accepted christianity. Only about eighteen percent of these converted were Presbyterians. The Methodists and Church of England were more successful. English-language classes run by the Methodists and Presbyterians Chinese Missions were popular. Churches also provided support in spiritual matters, illness and communication and language problems.
- Ryan, Jan, Ancestors: Chinese in Colonial Australia, Fremantle Arts Centre Press, Fremantle, WA, 1995. Details
- Presbyterian Chinese Mission School Teachers Meeting, Perth
- Australia - Western Australia - Perth
Sources used to compile this entry: Ryan, Jan, Ancestors: Chinese in Colonial Australia, Fremantle Arts Centre Press, Fremantle, WA, 1995.
Created: 10 May 2001, Last modified: 11 November 2005