South Australia

The Baha’is of South Australia are actively engaged in neighbourhood community development activities that are open to all regardless of faith or background.

This include providing spiritual empowerment programs for junior youth aged 11-14, spiritual education classes for children, gatherings that strengthen the devotional life of the community, and study circles on spiritual themes.

There are Baha’is throughout metropolitan Adelaide and in many regional areas of the State. More than 20 Local Spiritual Assemblies coordinate Baha’i activities in various urban and regional localities.

The Baha’i Centre of Learning is located at 279 Flinders Street, Adelaide. Formerly the Flinders Street School of Music, this restored heritage building also provides a venue for educational activities and other events.

 

History

The first South Australian Baha’is were Pearce and Maysie Almond, who joined the Baha’i Faith in Adelaide after meeting Clara and Hyde Dunn, who had brought the Faith to Australia in 1920. Adelaide’s small group of Baha’is formed the first Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Adelaide in December 1924.

Hilda Brooks, an early South Australian Baha’i, was the first secretary of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Australia and New Zealand. For the first decade of its existence, the national secretariat for the Australian Baha’i community was based in her home in Adelaide, before moving to its permanent seat in Sydney in 1944.