Rev. Samuel Hector FERGUSON, ,of the Independant Presbyterian Church,Northcote.

Male Abt 1852 - 1909  (~ 57 years)

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  • Name Samuel Hector FERGUSON 
    Prefix Rev. 
    Suffix ,of the Independant Presbyterian Church,Northcote. 
    Born Abt 1852  Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 13 Dec 1909  St. Kilda, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Ref:The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Wednesday 13 December 1911 p 9 Family Notices -In Memoriam
    • The Reverend S. Hector Ferguson came to Northcote in 1893. He replaced Duncan Fraser as the minister at the Northcote Presbyterian Church. At the time the church's congregation was in a demoralized state but Ferguson's arrival, along with the completion of the new church in James St in 1894, caused a massive swell in church attendance. Ferguson was a tall, handsome Scotsman whose sermons were well received by the congregation. So well received in fact, concern that the new church would not be big enough to accommodate the crowds he was attracting on Sundays soon emerged.Given his popularity, it's not surprising that there was a massive sensation when Ferguson was charged with heresy by the North Melbourne Presbytery in March of 1899The Presbyterian Church was now in virtual chaos. Ferguson decided he would offer his resignation to the Presbytery in the hope that this would restore order, but the Presbytery would not accept his resignation, preferring to have the satisfaction of removing him from the church themselves. Despite this, Ferguson continued to preach to a large congregation at the Northcote Town Hall under the banner of the Independent Presbyterian Church. (Hector Ferguson had discovered that he had an amazing power to cure all forms of disease, barring contagious ones, and that the cures were almost always permanent. This new found power had been the reason he left Australia for England and was also what brought him back in 1903 after his abilities had not been as well appreciated in England as he hoped. Unfortunately for Ferguson, neither he nor his church were able to grab the attention of the public like they had in 1899 and after his death in 1909 the church lasted just three more years, and those were with a very modest congregation)Ref:Darebin Historical Encyclopia

      Samuel's name appears in a Gazette of the 31st August 1909 ,issued by the Victorian Government ,listing the registered clergy operating within the state.His address is recorded as 9 Helen St. Northcote ,Victoria. His brother ,Andrew Fergus Ferguson(who sided with his brother in the heresy case) is recorded as the encumbant at the Independant Presbyterian Church, 3 Victoria Parade,Collingwood,Victoria.

      After Samuels death , a dispute erupted between his widow Mary, and Samuels brother Andrew,and sister Mary ,regarding the ownership of a gold watch and other items .Andrew testified that the watch was presented to him whilst he was the minister at Arbroath, Scotland and maintained he only lent the watch to his brother after his watch had been stolen. The court eventually found in Samuels wife Mary's favour,stating the case was not proved that the items did not belong to Samuel and Mary.(Ref:The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956 )Tuesday 15 February 1910 "STRANGE FAMILY DISPUTE. CLERGYMAN'S WIDOW SUED.ILLEGAL DETENTION ALLEGED"
    Person ID I18224  Kirkpatrick Family Archives
    Last Modified 9 Oct 2016 

    Family Mary SIMPSON,   d. 17 May 1932, "Coniston", Hanby St., Brighton Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. Myra Constance Agnes FERGUSON,   b. 26 Jul 1896, Macsbury House, Northcote, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1972, Victoria , Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
    Last Modified 5 Apr 2013 
    Family ID F7464  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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