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Sir Samuel James Way (1836-1916)

 

Sir Samuel James Way was the son of the leading Bible Christian minister James Way, who pioneered the work of his Church in South Australia. Samuel Way himself was born in England and educated at Shebbear College. He joined his family in Australia in 1853.

He was called to the Bar in 1861 and was made a Queen's Council in 1871. Five years later Way was appointed Chief Justice and later became Lieutenant Governor. In 1899 he was made a baronet and was the first Australian to be nominated to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.

Way was a leading figure in the Bible Christian Church, serving as a delegate to the Washington Ecumenical Methodist Conference in 1891. He was a strong advocate of Methodist union.

Source: Encyclopedia of World Methodism (1974)

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