Armenia’s angels: A tribute to Australian humanitarians

Armenia’s angels: A tribute to Australian humanitarians

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13 Sep 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

St Stephen’s Uniting Church


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The Uniting Church in Australia is hosting a special evening in tribute to Australian humanitarians, to be held 94 years after the Hobson’s Bay departed Australian shores laden with donated goods for Armenian refugees in the Middle East.

This event will celebrate, and reflect on, Vicken Babkenian and Peter Stanley’s Armenia, Australia and the Great War, published this year by NewSouth Books.

Armenia, Australia and the Great War uncovers Australia’s first sustained international humanitarian relief effort, which alleviated the plight of Armenian genocide survivors. The book traces the origins of Australia’s proud tradition of generosity in response to overseas calamities.

The Reverend Dr Tim Costello AO, Chief Executive Officer of World Vision Australia, will deliver the evening’s keynote address, to be accompanied by presentations from Stuart McMillan (President, Uniting Church in Australia) and by author Vicken Babkenian.

Also participating will be descendants of Australian humanitarians featured in the book.

The evening will be held in Ferguson Hall at the historic St Stephen’s Uniting Church in Sydney, named after the late Reverend John Ferguson, a founder of the Armenian Relief Fund in Sydney in 1918.

Entry is free, though places are limited and will be reserved on a strictly first-come, first-served basis. Refreshments will be provided at the evening’s conclusion.

RSVP: By Thursday 8 September 2016 to



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