The Baha'i Faith in Australia 1947–1963


Graham Hassall is an Associate Professor at the School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.


Between 1947 and 1963 the Australian Baha'i community developed an institutional framework at local and national levels and expanded its activities both with Australia and islands of the Pacific Ocean. The community's evolution was shaped not only by the activities of its members, but by the faith's evolution globally, and by persecution of the Baha'i community in Iran. The opening of a house of worship in Sydney (see cover photograph) in 1961 contributed significantly to the Baha'i community's profile. In 1963 it was one of fifty-six communities worldwide to participate in the establishment of the faith's world governing body, the Universal House of Justice.