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The Salvation Army's Hop-In tents supported Australian soldiers on the frontlines during WW2The Salvation Army's Hop-In tents supported Australian soldiers on the frontlines during WW2

The Salvation Army was founded as the Christian Mission in the slums of London in 1865 by former Methodist minister, William Booth.

The name 'The Salvation Army' was adopted in 1878 and formally adopted by deed poll in 1880.

1880 was also the year that The Salvation Army began in Australia, when a tradie and a railway worker began preaching and offering meals on the back of a cart in Adelaide's Botanic Garden.

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Founders William & Catherine Booth

This page describes the founders of The Salvation Army, William and Catherine Booth.

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Further Reading

This page contains a list of books which provide a reference for some publications that cover Salvation Army history.

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History of Booth College in Sydney

This page contains the history of The Salvation Army's training campus, Booth College.

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History of Recovery Services

This page contains the history of The Salvation Army's recovery work in Australia with people affected by alcohol, drugs and gambling.

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History of Salvation Army Op Shops

This page contains the history of The Salvation Army recycling programs and Salvos Stores.

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History of the Family Tracing Service

This page contains the history of The Salvation Army's Family Tracing Service.

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History of The Salvation Army's prison work

A member of The Salvation Army's Prison-Gate Brigade in action In 1883, Major James Barker led the way to establish the first Salvation Arm...

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In Darkest England

This page describes The Salvation Army's Origins in London. It was formed by William Booth in the slums of London during 1865.

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Key Moments Throughout History

This page describes The Salvation Army's key moments throughout History.

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