DALLIMORE - ARTHUR HENRY - 1870 -- 1932 - AUCKLAND - NZ
edmondsallan - Hello - I have a special reason for researching this preacher . My father at one stage in his life was a fanatic follower of the " British Israel association " in Auckland .As kids ( I was 7 years old ) we were dragged along to hear & witness this human being expound the virtues of his faith . " old faithful " had entered this research under " to be or not to be , watch out for the
" debbil debbil !!!!! " I'll let you read on
Dallimore, Arthur Henry
Pentecostal minister, British-Israelite
The most controversial pioneer of the Pentecostal movement in New Zealand, Arthur Henry Dallimore was born in Penshurst, Kent, England, on 14 September 1873, the son of an inland revenue officer, John Holmes Dallimore, and his wife, Mary Ann Spanswick. He was raised first as a Baptist, then as an Anglican. He nearly died of typhoid at the age of seven but recovered following his parents' prayers.
Nothing else is known of Dallimore until he emigrated to New Zealand in the 1890s. He may have worked as a surveyor's assistant. In Opunake he was a member of the Wesleyan Methodist church and was encouraged to enter the ministry. Instead, after five years he left New Zealand. He spent 12 years in Alaska, then returned as a farmer to England. On 23 February 1911, at Middleton, Manchester, he married (in an Anglican ceremony) Ethel Eliza Ward. Emigrating to Canada, Dallimore farmed for a time, then failed business ventures brought about a nervous breakdown. Converted by a faith healer in Vancouver, he again experienced divine healing through Charles Price, an internationally famous Pentecostal preacher and protg of the celebrated Aimee Semple MacPherson. In 1920, at a British-Israel movement conference, Pentecostal missionary John Graham Lake persuaded him to enter the ministry. He founded an independent Pentecostal healing mission in Vancouver, believing he had received divine confirmation of his gift while praying for a demon-possessed medium.
In 1927 Dallimore returned with his family to Auckland and established the Revival Fire Mission. At the height of the depression large numbers responded to his evangelistic message. By 1931 attendances had reached a thousand and he transferred his meetings to the town hall. One hundred were baptised in one session at the tepid baths; in another service 550 came forward for prayer. Dallimore's ministry was extended through newspapers and radio and in books on British-Israelitism and healing. Isn't it queer !! I can still visualize a mental picture of him all those years ago . People going down like wildfire up on the stage and his helpers laying them out in lines across the stage . I won't tell you about my dad when he was a follower of this human dynamo - Its to personal . But I know you could have a good laugh . Till we meet again - Regards - edmondsallan