Conference President

Teasdale, George

1900 - 1901, 1910 - 1912

George Teasdale was both the second and the seventh Queensland Conference president. Born in England in 1868, George with his parents migrated to New Zealand in 1880. It was in Auckland in 1887 that as a nineteen-year-old he attended meetings conducted by Pastor Arthur G Daniells and decided to identify with Seventh-day Adventists. This identification was not token: he assisted Daniells as tent master in 1888, then relocated to Melbourne where he briefly worked for the Echo Publishing Company, and spent two years selling Adventist literature in the Albury and Goulburn districts. Keen to improve his education, Teasdale spent three years, 1891-1984, at Battle Creek College, Michigan, USA. He returned to Melbourne in 1894 and taught at the Australasian Bible School at St Kilda.

In 1895 he was appointed to the Queensland Mission to conduct tent evangelism. This new phase of ministry began at Toowoomba where he conducted public meetings and nurtured the newly formed Toowoomba Seventh-day Adventist Church, the second such church in Queensland. Over the next two years he held Adventist meetings in various parts of Queensland using Toowoomba, Ipswich, and Rockhampton as his base. Following several years in New South Wales, George Teasdale returned to Queensland and was elected president upon the departure of George Tenney to the United States. This presidency lasted only one year before Teasdale was re-called to evangelism and then missionary service in Fiji and Java.

Teasdale showed an early interest in matters of health and strongly supported the establishment of Health Clinics in Brisbane and Rockhampton. Offering various forms of massage and hydrotherapy, both ventures failed to sustain early promise and were too costly to continue.

As a writer George Teasdale contributed to the number of small booklets published by the Signs Publishing Company. One such Teasdale booklet of 23 pages was titled The Sabbath in the Pacific. In it he examined the history of the seven day week and explained the significance of the International Date Line.

Teasdale’s second tenure as president of Queensland proved longer, 1910-1912. Because of the administrative skills he had displayed and his very brief stint at teaching at the Bible School, Teasdale was called from Queensland to take over as principal of Avondale College. Faced with many difficulties, his principalship lasted only two years and in 1915 Teasdale returned to ministerial work in New South Wales. Disillusioned by the manner of his dismissal from Avondale and the acrimonious carping of his critics, Teasdale withdrew from church employment and, with his wife, devoted himself to the promotion of health principles. He, himself, was a good example of healthful living for he died on 23 June 1967, just three weeks short of his ninety-ninth birthday.

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