RECORD REWIND: Edith Graham

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Treasurer and administrator Edith Graham was a leader in the early work of the Church in Australia. 

Graham accepted the Adventist faith during a voyage from England to New Zealand. In 1895 she became treasurer to the forerunner of the Australasian Union Conference, continuing in that role for at least the first decade of the 20th century. In 1911 she became secretary-treasurer of the New Zealand Conference. While visiting the General Conference headquarters of the world Church in 1913, she was called to head up the Home Missions Department. 

Edith Graham’s service to the Seventh-day Adventist Church illustrates the reality that in the pioneer years many women successfully held senior leadership roles.

She died suddenly on July 15, 1918, just after being unanimously re-elected to her position at the General Conference.

Edith Graham’s service to the Seventh-day Adventist Church illustrates the reality that in the pioneer years many women successfully held senior leadership roles.
 


Lester Devine is director emeritus of the Ellen G White/Adventist Research Centre at Avondale College of Higher Education.