Arthur Marshall: September 1918-August 2011
Arthur Marshall was born at Concord on September 7, 1918, the third child and only son of Leslie George and Lily Viola Marshall. Arthur, with his family, moved to Eastwood in 1927. He was closely involved with the Eastwood Methodist Church, particularly the Christian Endeavour movement.
At the time of the Munich crisis in 1938, Arthur joined the militia as a sapper in the engineers. In May 1940, Arthur enlisted for overseas service with the Second AIF. He Joined the 2/5 field regiment using 25 pounder field artillery. On October 19, 1940, Arthur left for the Middle East sailing fromSydneyon the Queen Mary. During his six years of active service Arthur was involved in stern conflict in Syria, Milne Bay and Balikpapan(Borneo). He was discharged on November 27, 1945. Arthur returned to civilian life and resumed his church life at Eastwood Methodist Church. It was a busy active happy life.
In 1952 after attending Alan Walker “Missionto the Nation” meetings God’s clear call came to Arthur and he immediately sought an appointment to a mission field in an administrative capacity. Somewhat unexpectedly he was appointed as the business manager for the North Australian Methodist Mission district, located in Darwin. In April 1955 Lydia Tasker arrived in Darwinto act as Arthur’s secretary. In April 1956 Arthur and Lydiawere engaged and married at EastwoodMethodistChurchon 12th January 1957. They then returned to Darwin for another three year’s service. The heavy workload affected Arthur’s health and in November 1961 Arthur and Lydia and their two boys, Peter and John, left Darwin.
At the annual Synod of the North Australia District held at Elcho Island on July 27, 1961, a resolution was passed which included these words about Arthur’s service:
Mr Marshall has never spared himself in carrying out a wide range of duties. His contribution to the spiritual work has been considerable and his help and guidance in committees and Synod has been alert and wise. Not only will he be missed within our district but also at the Darwin Uniting Church where he was made an outstanding contribution; his departure will be a severe loss. Mrs Marshall firstly at the office secretary and later in her married capacity has rendered valuable service.
Working with the Methodist Church in NSW
Arthur accepted an appointment as assistant director of central Methodist mission, Dalmar Children’s Home, located at Carlingford. He held this position for over three years. In 1965 Arthur commenced work with the Methodist department of Christian education as accountant. In January 1967 Arthur was offered the role of accountant with the newly formed Methodist department of administration with the Rev. Winston O’Reilly as Connectional Secretary, the Rev. Roy Glover as Property Secretary and Arthur as Accountant (later appointed as Assistant Property Secretary). Arthur resigned from the Department of Administration in June 1975 to return to his great love mission work. He accepted an appointment as Assistant General Secretary to the Board of Overseas Mission within the Methodist Church. Now ensued 15 years of work and travel. Arthur’s full time employment as a senior lay officer in the Methodist and Uniting Churches for 28 years was coming to a close and he “retired” in February 1982. Arthur Marshall made an outstanding contribution to the work of the Methodist and Uniting Churches at both a local, Synod and conference/Assembly level.
In his busy retirement Arthur continued to serve the UnitingC hurchand in particular the churches of the pacific (Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Northern Australia and Papua New Guinea), regularly travelling to these churches to perform work as business manager, auditor accountant and above all as a mentor and counsellor.
We have not mentioned Arthur’s strong commitment to his local church, firstly at Eastwood in his earlier years and later at Beecroft. He andLydiaparticularly were “Parents in God” to many young people who today in their own busy adult lives remember Arthur andLydiawith deep and warm affection.
Arthur Marshall a saint of God, a dear and treasured friend and wise counsellor to many friends across Australia and the Pacific. Arthur is survived by his two sons, Peter and John, and his dearly loved granddaughter Elle.
“He was a good man sent by God to do us good.”
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