The Salvation Army’s heritage is one of innovation and dedication in sharing the love of God with people through word and deed. That’s well known around the world, but there might be a lot you don’t know about us. Here’s a few fascinating facts …
Commissioner Dean Goffin was awarded the honour of Knight Bachelor on the Queen's Birthday Honours list in 1983.
Captain Laura Favall kept spirits alive onboard the shipwrecked SS Wairarapa in 1894, and drowned while being rescued.
The Gisborne Salvation Army Band led the ANZAC Day parade in 1920. Salvation Army bands still lead ANZAC Day parades today.
The Biorama company, previously the Limelight Brigade, used entertainment to preach the Gospel and produced their own films.
Dunedin's first open-air meeting was held on April Fool's Day
Salvationists were imprisoned for illegal processions and open-air meetings-but this did not deter them from taking a stand for their beliefs.
Timbrels (tambourines) used by The Salvation Army have a biblical origin - prophetess Miriam and friends use them in Exodus 15:20.
Musicians were told that they might 'toot' whenever they could find room and permission was given them to blow as hard as they liked, so long as they blew no-one's head off.