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White, Richard Henry
1853-1929

PM layman, born in Redruth. In 1878 he emigrated to South Australia to manage an engineering company. He and his wife Emily (née Wincey) strongly supported the evangelical campaigns of the Americans Chapman and Alexander in Adelaide and established the undenominational Australasian Chapman-Alexander Bible Institute along the lines of Moody's Chicago Institute, giving their home in Wayville for this purpose. Due to lack of numbers and in view of the strength of Methodism in South Australia, in 1926 White offered the Institute to the Conference and the following year the Methodist Theological Institute opened on the site. The income from a considerable sum of money that became available from White's estate in 1950 still provides scholarships for lay and ministerial education.

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