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“Hymns of a more or less idiotic character”: the impact and use of “Sankey’s” gospel songs in late nineteenth-century Australia


Wilson, E, 'Hymns of a more or less idiotic character': the impact and use of 'Sankey's' gospel songs in late nineteenth-century Australia, Journal of Religious History, 42, (2) pp. 265-288. ISSN 0022-4227 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/1467-9809.12471


Through the large inter‐denominational evangelistic campaigns of the last quarter of the nineteenth century in Australia, the gospel songs commonly described as "Sankey's" were introduced to both church‐goers and the general community and came into wide public knowledge. This article explores their early acceptance, dissemination, and use, and argues that while their impact upon church‐goers was considerable since they were so widely sung in many churches, they were also known, or known about, in the wider community, occupying a significant cultural space.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Gospel, nineteenth-century, Australia
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:Australian history
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding Australia's past
UTAS Author:Wilson, E (Dr Elisabeth Wilson)
ID Code:127351
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2018-07-23
Last Modified:2019-01-03

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