Lift Him Up


The Australian Years, 1891-1900

Responding to the call of the General Conference to visit Australia to aid in establishing an educational work, Ellen White arrived in Sydney, December 8, 1891. She accepted the invitation somewhat reluctantly, for she had wanted to get on with her writing of a larger book on the life of Christ. Soon after her arrival she was stricken with inflammatory rheumatism, which confined her to her bed for some eight months. Although suffering intensely, she persisted in writing. In early 1893 she went to New Zealand, where she worked until the end of the year. Returning to Australia in late December, she attended the first Australian camp meeting. At this camp meeting, plans for a rural school were developed that resulted in the establishment of what became Avondale College at Cooranbong, 90 miles north of Sydney. Ellen White purchased land nearby and built her Sunnyside home late in 1895. Here she resided, giving her attention to her writing and traveling among the churches until she returned to the United States in August, 1900. LHU 11.1

1892, JuneSpoke at opening of Australian Bible School in two rented buildings in Melbourne.
1892Steps to Christ and Gospel Workers published.
1894, JanuaryJoined in planning for a permanent school in Australia.
1894, May 23Visited the Cooranbong site.
1895, DecemberMoved to her Sunnyside home at Cooranbong, where much of The Desire of Ages was written.
1896Thoughts From the Mount of Blessing published.
1898The Desire of Ages published.
1899-1900Encouraged the establishment of Sydney Sanitarium.
1900Christ's Object Lessons published.
1900, AugustLeft Australia and returned to United States.