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Did You Know?

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 Knighted

6 Nov | 2008

Commissioner Dean Goffin was awarded the honour of Knight Bachelor on the Queen's Birthday Honours list in 1983.

Captain Laura Favall

31 Oct | 2008

Captain Laura Favall kept spirits alive onboard the shipwrecked SS Wairarapa in 1894, and drowned while being rescued.

Gisborne band on ANZAC day

23 Oct | 2008

The Gisborne Salvation Army Band led the ANZAC Day parade in 1920. Salvation Army bands still lead ANZAC Day parades today.

Biorama Company

16 Oct | 2008

The Biorama company, previously the Limelight Brigade, used entertainment to preach the Gospel and produced their own films.

First New Zealand open-air meeting

10 Oct | 2008

Dunedin's first open-air meeting was held on April Fool's Day

Salvationists were imprisoned in Australia & New Zealand

2 Oct | 2008

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

26 Sep | 2008

Timbrels (tambourines) used by The Salvation Army have a biblical origin - prophetess Miriam and friends use them in Exodus 15:20.

The Salvation Army utilised popular music to reach the masses

26 Jun | 2008

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.