Anthony, Charles (1841-1918)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1894

Early years

Charles was born on 19 July 1841 at Barton Stacey, Hampshire to parents Edward and Mary. Edward worked the land. Edward was converted through the efforts of George Wallis and William Harvey. He became a local preacher.

Charles was converted at the age of 16.


Charles offered to go to the colonies as a missionary after his parents died. He sailed from London with his wife on 1 May 1875. He landed in Australia at Williamstown and there preached his first sermon in Australia.

Charles was elected President of the annual PM Assembly in Australia and served as Secretary in 1880. He was Editor of the Victorian Primitive Methodist for five years. He spent over ten years as a member of the Probationers Examining Committee.

His sermons were always on evangelical lines, and gave evidence of good preparation; making him acceptable everywhere.


Charles married Elizabeth Hannah Dodwell (1848-1936) on 17 December 1868 at Henley, Buckinghamshire. Records identify two children.

  • Ethelwyn Matilda (1878-1947) – married Alfred Kellam, a book-keeper
  • Barton Spencer (1881-1882)

Charles died on 7 January 1918 at Northcote, Victoria, Australia.


  • 1862 Chipping Norton
  • 1864 Chinnor
  • 1866 Newbury
  • 1868 Brinkworth
  • 1870 Aylesbury
  • 1871 Bourton
  • 1873 Southampton
  • 1876 Hobart Town (Australia)
  • 1877 Sandhurst
  • 1878 Eaglehawk
  • 1881 Launceston
  • 1884 Hobart Town
  • 1885 Geelong
  • 1888 Melbourne III
  • 1890 Launceston
  • 1895 Eaglehawk
  • 1897 Ballarat I
  • 1900 Melbourne II
  • 1902 disappears

Note: The Australian Methodist Churches came together in 1902. Thereafter the stations and obituaries of previously Primitive Methodist Ministers were not recorded in PM Conference Minutes.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1894/883

W Leary , Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits , 1990

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