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GRAND OLD MAN OF METHODIST CHURCH MR. JOHN SHORTER To its wealth of historical associations Parramatta adds a living link with the foundation of Methodism in the person of Mr. John Shorter, of Boundary Street.. As a child, his grandmother; Char- lotte Colley, heard the great John Wesley preach more than 150 years ago. At ninety years of age, the momentous event was still a land mark in her life, and Mr. Shorter vividly remembers her description of it.
Mr. Shorter 's ancestors were pioneer adherents of the Methodist faith, and he has worthily upheld the family tradi- tions. Born in Staffordshire in 1853, he played an active part in church affairs in Eng- land before conming to Australia in 1880. After living at Burwood for a time, he came to the Parrantatta district, and quickly associated himself with Leigh Memorial Church, of which he has been a staunch and indefatigable supporter ever since. A veteran trustee and past president of the trust, he has won the respect and affection of the entire con- gregation, and is regarded as the grand old man of tihe church. A good citizen as well as a good churchmman, Mr. Shorter has actively iden- tifed hlimself with movements for the welfare of the town,. and as vice-presi- dent of Parramatta 'Park Trust, plays his part in maintaining Parramatta's scenic attractions. He was" one of the founders of the Parramatta Electric Supply Co--now the Parramaitta Gran- ville Electric Supply Co. PREMIER'S TRIBUTE. When the Premier (Mr. B. S. B. Stevens visited Leigh Memorial Church a few months ago to give an address, his meeting with Mr. Shorter, who acted as chairman, was a cordial one. "I am very happy that may good friend Mr Shorter is the chairman of this gath- ering, said the Premier. "He has been a very great help to any worthy move- meant in his own country, and in this country of his adoption. In other ways and in other places I meet him from time to time, and I am very glad to meet him in his association with such splendid work as that of the church. (John Wesley founder of Methlodism in England, was born in 1703 and died in 1791. It is said that, in the course of his dynamic career he travelled about 225,000 miles and preached more than 10500 sermons