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Forty Years in the Wilderness

The Autobiography of an Early Australian Baptist

John Chandler

In 1849 a party of Strict Baptists from Brighton in the south of England, already formed into a church with a pastor and deacons, set sail in the barque Harpley for a new life in the Melbourne district of Australia. Among them was the eleven-year-old John Chandler. In a gripping account, written well over forty years later, he recounts his life in this often harsh new country, as he and his family literally struggled for survival. He tells of the Lord’s preserving care through many hardships and narrow escapes from death, and how he was called by grace out of the drunkenness and sinful ways into which he had fallen. He also describes the development of the colony of Victoria, the gold rush of the 1850s, and something of the history of the Baptist churches in and around Melbourne during the latter half of the nineteenth century.

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This web site is primarily to allow the books and other publications of the Trust to be previewed and purchased on-line. A few publications from other publishers are also included which we carry in stock. In addition to the books listed on the site, we have a few oddments, a list of which can be downloaded here - to order them use the email form on the Contact Us page.  Some of our titles are published in Ebook format for Amazon Kindle and most other eReaders capable of displaying EPUB files. These can be purchased from the Christian Bookshop Ossett web site.

The Magazines page gives information about the history of the Gospel Standard magazine and the Strict Baptist churches associated with it, with contact details for ordering current subscriptions to the Gospel Standard, Friendly Companion and Perception magazines.

The Downloads page includes documents such as the articles of faith of the Strict Baptist churches adhering to the Gospel Standard Magazine, some older issues of the Gospel Standard and Friendly Companion magazines, and Gadsby’s hymnbook. There is also a list of the names and addresses of chapels affiliated to the Gospel Standard.

There is also a section about the Gospel Standard Library which is based in Hove, East Sussex, with an affiliated library in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, USA.  It has many rare theological works available for loan - a catalogue of the books can be freely downloaded.

Those residing in the USA might like to visit Gospel Mission Books who stock many of our publications.  Those from the Netherlands will find www.gospelstandardvrienden.nl interesting - the site lists sermons and other works by Strict Baptist ministers, some of which have been translated into Dutch.

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