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10 March -Rev. Samuel Marsden, 'Flogging Parson' arrives NSW

Unread postby Max ADU » Sun Mar 10, 2013 11:52 pm

Today in Australian History
Monday, March 10, 1794.


The Reverend Samuel Marsden, who became known colloquially as the 'Flogging Parson', arrives in the New South Wales penal colony.

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The Reverend Samuel Marsden was born in Yorkshire in 1764. After he was ordained in 1793, he sailed for the new penal colony of New South Wales, arriving on 10 March 1794.

He settled in Parramatta, becoming Chaplain, landowner and magistrate. He also earned a reputation as the "Flogging Parson", because even by the standards of his day, he inflicted extremely severe, cruel punishments.

His savagery to convicts was probably the result of his hatred for Roman Catholics, as many convicts were political prisoners of Irish origin.

Despite his reputation in Australia, Marsden was instrumental in starting the Christian missions to New Zealand, where he and others were well received among the Maori people.

He is credited with holding the first Christian service in the Islands on Christmas Day in 1814. Marsden is thus remembered favourably in New Zealand, and it is believed he is the one who introduced sheep to the islands.
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