The New Apostolic Church in Australia and the South Pacific region commenced with the migration of farming families from Europe in the 1880’s. Originally, they settled in Queensland and South Australia.
As well as hopes for a new life and opportunities for themselves, they brought with them a profound faith and a desire to continue in the New Apostolic way of life with which they had become acquainted in their homeland.
They soon found that conditions were harsh and demanding, and that they were expected to clear virgin bush by sheer physical effort in order to cultivate crops upon which they had to rely. They had no other resources than their own strength and determination.
Coupled with this, they had their faith. This prompted them to establish bush churches so that they could continue to worship God in the way they were accustomed. Many stories can be told of the privations these pioneers of faith had to endure, both physically and spiritually. It was a common occurrence that many had to walk for many hours to reach a meeting place of worship, and then to make the return journey to their homes to care for their livestock and crops. The original migrants were joined by succeeding waves of newcomers, all of whom had to share in the privations.
During the first half of the 20th century many of the children of the original migrants took up professions other than farming and moved into the larger urban areas and cities. Congregations were progressively established throughout Australia and New Zealand. Ministers also travelled to Argentina and South Africa to help establish the New Apostolic Church in those countries.
In the 1980’s the Australian District of the New Apostolic Church expanded its activities into the countries of the South Pacific including the nations of Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.