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Herbert & Vera White with Yvonne and Veronica, 1945.

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White, Herbert (1909–1982) and Vera Hilda (Zeunert) White (1910–2001)

By Hedley John Eager

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Hedley John Eager, Ph.D. (Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan), retired in 1996 as Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies, Philippines. Born in Australia, Eager served in SDA educational roles in Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, and throughout South-East Asia; authored two devotional books, six educational books, and numerous articles for church publications. With wife, Yvonne, he has four daughters, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Herbert and Vera White both began serving the Seventh-day Adventist Church before their marriage, Herbert White as a colporteur and Vera Zeunert as a primary school teacher. For forty-two of the next forty-three years of service, Herbert White served the church in leadership responsibilities with Vera White providing daily support at home, and sometimes accompanying him to distant towns, islands, and countries. Herbert White’s publishing, missionary, and conference leadership contributions included each level of church organization from mission and conference, to union, division and the General Conference. From the Church’s headquarters he shared his knowledge and experience within every division of the worldwide Church.

Early Life (1909–1926)

Herbert White was born on October 23, 1909, in Brandon, North Queensland, Australia.1 He was the sixth child of William Henry White, born in Bolton, Yorkshire, England, and Mary (Banister) White, born in Ivanhoe, Ayr, Queensland, Australia (1867-1936; 1879-1968).2

William White, at age twenty, arrived in Cooktown, Australia, on June 20, 1888, by the ship Dorunda,3 and settled in North Queensland, marrying Mary Banister on March 16, 1898.4 William White became a supervisor in a local sugar mill. Of their children, William,5 Henry, Violet Ann, Mabel Mary, Arthur, Herbert, Leslie, Frederick Charles, and Rose May,6 Arthur and Herbert became ordained ministers in the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

When the Church of England introduced candles, William White, visited many churches searching for truth.7 He and his wife began keeping Sabbath after reading Signs of the Times before knowing who Adventists were.8 Around the beginning of 1924, they read the books Bible Readings9 and Daniel and the Revelation. In response to Peter Fahey’s witness10 and attending C. A. Wrigley’s tent meetings, the Whites were baptized by C. A. Wrigley and became charter members of the Ayr Seventh-day Adventist Church in Queensland.11 On August 22, 1925, Herbert White was baptized in Ayr,12 after attending a group baptismal class led by C. A. Wrigley, and he became a member of the Ayr church.13

Vera Hilda Zeunert was born on January 31, 1910, in Seppeltsfield, South Australia. She was the eldest child of Johann Heinrich August Zeunert, also born in Seppeltsfield, and Johanna Sophia Dorothea Lange, born in Nuriootpa, South Australia (1879-1950; 1886-1968).14 The family was of Lutheran background, but after Bible studies and much discussion the parents accepted the beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and were baptized in 1915.15 Vera Zeunert’s siblings were William Edwin, Norma Elsa, Edna Gertie, and twins Eric and Stanley. All the siblings served in the Adventist Church, except Stanley who died at eighteen months of age.16

Education, Career Beginnings, and Marriage (1926-1932)17

Herbert White, a mechanic by trade, began ministerial studies in 1927 at Avondale, (now Avondale College of Higher Education) in New South Wales, Australia, where he and Vera Zeunert began their lifelong friendship. While studying he worked as a student colporteur for two years.18 White left college in 1929, before completing studies, to begin full-time colporteur ministry in Queensland, taking 33 orders in December 1929, his first month of selling the book Our Day.19

Vera Zeunert attended school in Seppeltsfield and Nuriootpa, South Australia. She began teacher training at Avondale in 1926 and graduated in 1930.20 Vera Zeunert taught at the Adventist Primary School in Bickley, Western Australia, in 1931-1932.21

In 1931-1932, Herbert White joined the colporteur team in Western Australia.22 By April 1931, he received recognition for the “greatest amount of sales” in Australia and New Zealand. This placed him for the first time among “the ‘Banner’ colporteurs.”23 His success of ninety-three percent delivery of books in Kalgoorlie and Boulder, Western Australia, was further rewarded with one family “attending church as a result of his work.”24

Herbert White and Vera Hilda Zeunert were married on December 19, 1932, in Nuriootpa, South Australia, in wedding performed by P.G. Foster.25 By the end of the month they were on board ship and bound for Christchurch, New Zealand, and the beginning of a lifetime of service together.

Early Service (1933–1954)26

From 1933 to 1934, White served the South New Zealand Conference as field missionary secretary.27 During the snowy Southland, New Zealand, winter, he successfully met the challenge of arranging book deliveries with colporteurs for snowbound clients in the region. He achieved this by phone and the help of the local store manager who advanced payment for his clients.28

Throughout their life together, Vera White experienced the challenge of days and even weeks on her own while her husband was away. While in Invercargill, New Zealand, in November 1933, Herbert White received a telegram from her with the message, “You’re the father of twins.” He immediately travelled the 500 kilometers to his family in Christchurch.29 Their twin daughters were Yvonne Lilian and Veronica Mae, born in Christchurch, New Zealand.30

In September of 1934, White became field missionary secretary for the South New South Wales Conference, a position he held until 1937 when he moved to the New Guinea Mission where he led the New Guinea Training School at Put Put.31 32

Herbert’s first mission field appointment began in October 1937. His family arrived some two to three months later, but met a real challenge. They were quarantined on their arrival in New Guinea in early 1938, “curtained in on the hospital verandah” for a month with one twin very sick with measles.33 Then Vera White helped her husband and the Hiscox family prepare for the annual council of the New Guinea Mission,34 scheduled for March 1, 1938, on their new Put Put campus.

Within four months White was appointed acting superintendent of the whole New Guinea Mission territory.35 However, because of a health challenge that needed attention, he returned to Australia while his wife and the children remained at Matupi where Vera White assisted in the school.36 The family returned to Australia late 1938 so White could regain his health.37

Back in the South New South Wales and Victorian Conferences, White engaged in appeal and colporteur work. 38 For his work as a colporteur in Victoria, he received his second recognition among the “Banner Colporteurs for ‘Most Sales’” in August 1939.39 Between 1940 and 1942, he served as field missionary, home missions, and Sabbath School secretary for the South Australia Conference.40 White was ordained to the gospel ministry on Sunday, March 22, 1942, in Adelaide.41 Soon after his ordination, he was called to the Australasian Union Conference headquarters in Wahroonga, New South Wales, where he served as field missionary secretary and assistant publishing secretary 42 until 1944 when he became publishing department secretary.43

While publishing department secretary of the Australasian Union Conference, White recognized that colporteurs were changing their focus from selling “literature . . . to rejoic[ing] over souls won, and not merely sales made.”44 Reports of this nature confirmed for White that the colporteurs were reaching the long recognized evangelistic purpose of the literature ministry.

At the close of World War II, White became superintendent of the Solomon Islands Mission territory in 1945.45 He surveyed the whole region, travelling by mission vessel 3,500 miles (5,600 kilometers) and identified many challenges and strengths. White recognized immediate needs including very high priorities for the repair and maintenance of mission ships and buildings. The solid faith among the members after World War II was a strength, as were the considerable material gifts to the mission from the American forces.46 White also recognized that “the influence of the Sabbath school lessons” was a particular contributor to the islanders’ spiritual strength.47 A village practice was to study together each day in village worship groups both prior to and during the war years.

As wife and mother, Vera White supported her husband, her twin daughters and their schooling, the training of house helpers, and care for missionary families and guests. She visited other mission districts on special occasions by mission boat with her husband and mission personnel. When mission vessel motors stopped while on the high seas, Herbert White applied his mechanical skills in emergency repairs.48 On July 17, 1947, one hundred years after the first missionary martyr fell on St. Isabel, Solomon Islands, Herbert White, along with “Brother Newman…Pastor Jugha and Pastor Patovaki conducted the first baptism [of five candidates] on Isabel.”49

White was one of five delegates sent to the General Conference autumn council of 1948, to present the Australasian Union Conference’s reorganization plan for its territory.50 He was also a member of the Australasian Union Conference committee when the reorganization plan was accepted and became official. The new organization was named the Australasian Inter-Union Conference, comprising two union conferences and two union missions. White was appointed president of the Coral Sea Union Mission (CSUM).51

At the inaugural CSUM meetings of February 6-12, 1949, as president, Herbert White, encouraged all the mission leaders to focus on committed guidance and training for all their local workers. In so doing he further encouraged dependence on God for His power to advance the gospel in their newly organized field of service.52

Soon after this, Herbert White showed his “courage and progressiveness”53 to learn the real challenges of this new territory. He led the “first party ever to travel by road from Lae on the coast to Mt. Hagen in the highlands”54 by jeep. They travelled the only twenty miles of made road from Lae, then navigated their way through the tall kunai grass-covered Markham Valley by watching mountain top to mountain top. They crossed streams, swam a strong flowing river, and connected with another jeep to travel a newly opened track to Mt. Hagen in the highlands.55

By his constant practice of keeping in touch, White knew his workers’ strengths, accomplishments, needs, and future plans for meeting their mission goals. White especially noted the “valuable contributions” the missionary wives were making.56

White was “the first author to prepare a book in Pigeon [sic] English, Toktok Bolong Baibal, for the South Seas.”57 He also prepared the same book in Simple English, The Bible Talks, 58 and was editor of Better Life for Pacific People, published by the Home Health Education Service, Lae, Territory of Papua New Guinea. This magazine included one page in Pidgin English for the New Guinea people.59

Rapid growth in the CSUM, led Herbert White to begin the plan for reorganizing this mission territory in 1952-1953.60 The Australasian Inter-Union Conference executive committee accepted the reorganization plan in March 1953, referring it to the next annual meeting for final approval.61 As a result, White was appointed president of the new smaller reorganized CSUM,62 and E. A. Boehm became the president of the newly organized Bismarck-Solomons Union Mission63

Summarizing the blessings of God for the year 1953, Herbert White emphasized how, with reorganization, smaller mission units enabled closer, more effective supervision for national leadership. These opportunities resulted in “an encouraging consolidation of existing work,”64 and “sensational advancement and development in new areas.”65 White and his team of national pastors were privileged to organize “the first major probe into this new area” of the Yapuri River of Papua New Guinea.66

He could not help but be gratified by the report of over nine hundred baptisms for the year for the new CSUM. But White also reported, “the most inspiring sight that I have witnessed this year, or at any period in my service, was the response of our laity to the call to step right into the gospel program, without promise of wages or expectation of monetary reward.”67 Such responses within his field confirmed that “above all else, we are nearer the time when God is going to cut His work short in righteousness and bring a speedy finish to His gospel programme.”68

On November 25, 1954, at the second session of the Australasian Inter-Union Conference committee, White resigned from the position of president of the CSUM due to his health.69 But in passing on the responsibility of leadership to J. B. Keith, he was happy to report of God’s abundant grace for the indigenous peoples of the CSUM. Among many evidences of growth he reported, was the phenomenal growth of both Sabbath school membership and baptized church membership. The latter being a growth of 331 per cent in the quadrennial period 1950 to 1953 inclusive, and noted by the General Conference president at the General Conference Session as: “The highest gain reported by any union.”70

Later Service (1955-1975)71

Back in Australia, Herbert White served the West Australian Conference as president from 1955 to 195872 and, in 1959, was also president of the Victorian Conference for a brief time.73 White encouraged widespread “soul-winning endeavours” while president of both the West Australian and Victorian Conferences.74 Strong church member participation and God’s blessing of evangelism resulted in expanding congregations and increased building programs in a number of churches.75

During their years in the West Australian, Vera White raised money for the church building fund by presenting a major southwest Pacific exhibition of artifacts and films in the Victoria Park Town Hall, Pert.76 The exhibition was later repeated in the country city of Bunbury, Western Australia.77

In 1960, Herbert White was called to the Australasian Division where he served as home mission and Sabbath School secretary through 1961.78 His Sabbath School secretary duties were exchanged for those of publishing secretary in 196279 and in 1963 he began a three-year term solely as publishing secretary of the Australasian Division.80 In his role as home missionary and Sabbath School secretary of the Australasian Division, Herbert White supported the “minister-member blueprint” for evangelism for the 1960 “Jubilee Year programme” that the Greater Sydney Conference workers presented to the church officers in Sydney, New South Wales.81 He also gave support for the Trans-Commonwealth Union Conference Laymen’s Conference held in Melbourne, Victoria.82

A major contribution by Herbert White to the publishing program in Australia and New Zealand was the restructuring of the Home Health Education Service (HHES) into a new business organization, the Home Health Education Service Central Credit office, separating it entirely from the local conferences’ Book and Bible Houses.83

While living in Wahroonga, New South Wales, in the 1960s Vera White was a “helpful and enthusiastic Dorcas leader,”84 devoting her energies to help meet people’s needs through her local Dorcas Welfare Society.

White’s success as publishing secretary for the Australasian Division was noticed by leadership at the General Conference. In 1966, he was called to be associate secretary of the General Conference’s publishing department. Consequently, the White’s moved to the United States.85 During his approximately nine years at the General Conference, every division of the Adventist Church benefited from his leadership training and counsel.86 Among White’s many duties was editor of Digest, through which he directly influenced the Church’s worldwide publishing program. This magazine kept publishing leaders of the Church informed of progress and developments of the publishing work throughout the denomination.

White traveled extensively, for example, presenting at the pre-council group meetings and annual council of the South American Division, held in Uruguay in 1967,87 and co-directing, with fellow General Conference publishing department personnel, at the North American Division Publishing Council in Dallas, Texas, September 17-21, 196888 He aided “in the stabilization of HHES credit systems in various divisions” of the worldwide SDA church;89 instructed the publishing leaders of the Southern European Division at a council in Torre Pellice, hosted by Waldensians in 1969;90 and participated in North Philippine Union Mission literature evangelist institute, with four hundred literature evangelists, February 22-27, 197191 White also spoke at sales straining events in New Jersey and Canada in 1973. The first for a group of Spanish literature evangelists.92 The latter presentation was the first seminar for literature evangelists in Canada in seventeen years.93

On one of their European itineraries Herbert and Vera White travelled through Yugoslavia,94 making White “the first publishing department leader from the General Conference . . . to visit a socialist country,”95 and the first to receive the honor of a “reception given by the mayor in Kragujevac.”96

Fellow leaders and literature evangelists looked upon Herbert White as one who served the church “effectively and efficiently,”97 demonstrating a “dedicated life,”98 “noble character qualities and sound leadership.”99 He was admired for his courage and diligence in spite of his health.100 One colleague stated, “We have appreciated the balance, the breadth of business judgment, the spiritual lift and vision, the strength, and the wisdom with words that you have brought to the publishing department.”101 White’s encouragement, inspiration, and enthusiasm impacted the lives of all he served.102

Retirement Years (1976-2001)

Herbert White retired from service in the General Conference on September 1, 1975. For a few months immediately after his retirement, White worked with the Southern Union publishing department in Georgia.103 In 1977, the Whites returned to Australia where they settled in Bonnells Bay, New South Wales. Herbert White’s health challenge of many years allowed him and Vera just five years of retirement together in Australia. He died in the ambulance on the way to Royal Newcastle Hospital, Newcastle, New South Wales, on January 18, 1982.104 Vera Hilda White lived a further nineteen years, sharing time with family. She passed away in Cooranbong, New South Wales, on September 1, 2001.105

Contribution

Herbert White, who served 46 years with his wife Vera by his side, was a man whom God led from a mechanic to a leader of men and women in the publishing ministry of the church, from a salesman to an organizer of the Home Health Education Service Central Credit Office, expanding it to other Adventist world divisions, and from a missionary to a visionary leader, facilitating reorganizational changes in the CSUM that contributed to rapid growth. From an administrator to an author of numerous articles in the Australasian Record and other publications of the Adventist Church, White’s many gifts as an editor, speaker, and leader of the Church, provided guidance, professional training, and morale-building spiritual encouragement in every world division of the Adventist Church. This he accomplished by prayerfully meeting daily challenges with God’s power of ever-present love, grace, and care.

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Notes

  1. 1909 Australia, Queensland Government Birth Registrations Index for 1909, No. C12257, Herbert White, accessed April 22, 2018, https://www.qld.gov.au/law/births-deaths-marriages-and-divorces/family-history-research.

  2. England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837-1915, William Henry White, Ancestry.com, accessed January 2018, https://www.ancestry.com; Queensland Government Death Registrations Index for 1936, No. C1143, accessed April 22, 2018, https://www.qld.gov.au/law/births-deaths-marriages-and-divorces/family-history-research; Queensland Government Birth Registrations Index for 1879, No. C5675, accessed April 22, 2018, https://www.qld.gov.au/law/births-deaths-marriages-and-divorces/family-history-research; E. A. Robinson, “White obituary,” Australasian Record, November 25, 1968, 15. See also Brandon, Queensland, Marriage Certificate, Registration Number 1898/ 2055 (dated January 23, 2018), William Henry White and Mary Banister, Queensland Government General Registry at Brisbane, Queensland, Australia; W. S. Todd, “White obituary,” Australasian Record, April 6, 1936, 6.

  3. Assisted Immigration Index 1848 to 1912, Item ID 18485, William H. White, accessed April 25, 2018, https://www.data.qld.gov.au/dataset/assisted-immigration-1848-to-1912. Choose ‘Assisted immigration 1848 to 1912 – W’, choose ‘Visualisation Preview,’ search data for “White, William H.;’ for digital image of Ships List for William H White, page 56; for date and passenger group landing at Cooktown, see pages 56 and 72.

  4. Brandon, Queensland, Marriage Certificate, Registration Number 1898/ 2055, William Henry White and Mary Banister, Queensland Government General Registry at Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

  5. Queensland Government Birth Registrations Index for 1899, No. C10616, William White, accessed April 22, 2018, https://www.qld.gov.au/law/births-deaths-marriages-and-divorces/family-history-research; Queensland Government Death Registrations Index for 1899, No. C4732, William White, accessed April 22, 2018, https://www.qld.gov.au/law/births-deaths-marriages-and-divorces/family-history-research. See also “Find a Grave Memorial,” for William White, son of W. H. and M. White, died September 18, 1899, accessed January 2018, http://www.findagrave.com/memorial/156442524.

  6. Hedley Eager and Yvonne Eager, “Our Missionary Family,” unpublished manuscript held in the personal collection of the author, 2011, 29.

  7. “Somebody Lent a Book,” Australasian Record, October 26, 1942, 4,-5.

  8. E. A. Robinson, “White obituary,” Australasian Record, November 25, 1968, 15.

  9. “Somebody Lent a Book,” Australasian Record, October 26, 1942, 4-5.

  10. R. L. Hodgkinson, “Fahey obituary,” Australasian Record, October 9, 1961, 14.

  11. W. S. Todd, “White obituary,” Australasian Record, April 6, 1936, 6; E. A. Robinson, “White obituary,” Australasian Record, November 25, 1968, 15.

  12. Lina White, email message to author, June 6, 2018.

  13. Hedley Eager and Yvonne Eager, “Our Missionary Family,” 30.

  14. Genealogy SA Index of Births, 1879, 213/333, accessed April 25, 2018, https://www.genealogysa.org.au/index.php?option=com_search&Itemid=32. Note: In this South Australian Birth Index, Johann’s birth is registered as Johann Henrich August Zienert, in 1879, registration number 213/333. See also Google search for Australia and New Zealand records, find my past, then choose “Australia and New Zealand records|findmypast.com.au,” for Johann Heinrich August Zeunert, year of birth, 1879. Accessed April 25, 2018. For Johann Zeunert year of death, see Google, “Searching WA online indexes, Births, Deaths and Marriages.” Enter Zeunert, Johann, 1950 to 1950. Accessed April 25, 2018. For Johanna Zeunert (nee Lange) year of birth, see Google search for Australia and New Zealand records, find my past, then choose “Australia and New Zealand records|findmypast.com.au,” for Johanna Sophia Dorothea Lange, year of birth 1886. Accessed April 2018. For Johanna Zeunert year of death, see Google, “Searching WA online indexes, Births, Deaths and Marriages.” Enter Zeunert, Johanna, 1968 to 1968. Accessed April 25, 2018. See also Graeme D. Lange, The Lange Rainbow, (Collinswood, South Australia: Graeme and Anita Lange, 1996), 405, 406; G.I. Wilson, “Zeunert obituary,” Australasian Record, April 22, 1968, 15.

  15. Hedley Eager and Yvonne Eager, 23.

  16. Ibid., 22.

  17. Herbert White Service Records, South Pacific Division of the General Conference Archives, folder: “White, Herbert,” document: “Personal Service Record.”

  18. Herbert White to C. O. Franz, 13 May 1975, private letter, held in the personal collection of the author.

  19. “Colporteurs’ Monthly Summary, Queensland, December 1929,” Australasian Record, February 24, 1930, 4.

  20. Hedley Eager and Yvonne Eager, 32.

  21. Ibid.

  22. Herbert White Service Records, South Pacific Division of the General Conference Archives, folder: “White, Herbert,” document: “White Herbert, Service Record.” See also “Colporteurs’ Monthly Summary, West Australia,” Australasian Record, March 9, 1931, 4.

  23. J. J. Potter, “Colporteurs’ Summary: The Banner Colporteurs, April,’” Australasian Record, June 15, 1931, 4-5.

  24. “Our mission efforts...,” Australasian Record, May 30, 1932, 8.

  25. District of Angaston, South Australia. Marriage Certificate 15M-3.32 8734 186, (19 December 1932), Herbert White and Vera Hilda Zeunert, held in the personal collection of the author. See also P. G. Foster, “White-Zeunert marriage notice,” Australasian Record, January 23, 1933, 7. Note: In this marriage notice entry for the “White-Zeunert” marriage, the bride’s name should correctly read Vera Hilda Zeunert. The second name given by P. G. Foster as “Muriel” instead of “Hilda” was incorrect.

  26. Herbert White Service Records, South Pacific Division of the General Conference Archives, folder: “White, Herbert,” document: “White, Herbert, Service Record.”

  27. “Having been called...,” Australasian Record, January 16, 1933, 8; see also P. G. Foster, “White-Zeunert marriage notice,” Australasian Record, January 23, 1933, 7.

  28. Herbert White, “From Southland’s Icy Mountains,” Australasian Record, August 27, 1934, 5.

  29. Hedley Eager and Yvonne Eager, 36.

  30. Ibid.

  31. “Distribution of Labour,” Australasian Record, September 17, 1934, 3. See also Walter H. Hopkin, “South New South Wales Annual Conference,” Australasian Record, November 26, 1934, 6; Nellie Cahir, “From the Most Western Church in New South Wales,” Australasian Record, October 4, 1937, 6, 7.

  32. Note: The “Distribution of Labour” listing in the Australasian Record of September 13, 1937, 6, stated “H. White to the Victorian Conference as field missionary secretary,” but this was superseded by a later report that he would go from Field Missionary Secretary of the South N.S.W. Conference to New Guinea. See “Brother Herbert White...,” Australasian Record, September 27, 1937, 8. See also “At the conference...,” Australasian Record, October 18, 1937, 8; Hedley Eager and Yvonne Eager, 43-49; “Territory of New Guinea,” Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (Washington DC: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1938), 78; “Institutions of the Australasian Union Conference,” Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (Washington DC: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1938), 78.

  33. G. Peacock, “Visit to Central New Guinea,” Australasian Record, March 28, 1938, 2, 3.

  34. Note: The workers with their families present at the New Guinea Mission annual council at Put Put beginning March 1, 1938 were A. R. Hiscox with wife and son; A. S. Atkins with wife and son Gregory; H. White with wife and twin daughters; E. Cherry; L. G. Maxwell and wife; R. R. D. Marks with wife, Stewart and Ruth. Absentees included Pastor R. H. Tutty (on furlough) and Brother S. H. Gander who had remained with family in Central New Guinea. See, along with photo and caption, A. J. Campbell, “Territory of New Guinea,” Australasian Record, April 11, 1938, 3.

  35. “Coming home on…,” Australasian Record, July 4, 1938, 8.

  36. “Ill health has…,” Australasian Record, September 26, 1938, 8.

  37. “Brother Herbert White…,” Australasian Record, November 14, 1938, 8.

  38. Herbert White Service Records, South Pacific Division of the General Conference Archives,” folder: “White, Herbert,” document: “White Herbert, Service Record.” See also “Colporteurs’ Monthly Summary, June 1939,” Australasian Record, August 14, 1939, 6; “Colporteurs' Monthly Summary” Australasian Record, August 14, 1939, 8; “Colporteur’s Monthly Summary, July 1939, Australasian Record, September 18, 1939, 6; “Colporteurs’ Monthly Summary, August 1939,” Australasian Record, October 23, 1939, 6; “Colporteurs’ Monthly Summary, September 1939,” Australasian Record, November 13, 1939, 6; “Colporteurs’ Monthly Summary, November 1939,” Australasian Record, January 22, 1940, 6.

  39. “Banner Colporteurs,” Australasian Record, October 23, 1939, 7. See also “Colporteurs’ Monthly Summary, August 1939,” Australasian Record, October 23, 1939, 6, 7.

  40. Herbert White Service Records, South Pacific Division of the General Conference Archives, folder: “White, Herbert,” document: “White, Herbert, Service Record.” See also C. Hill, “From the Viewpoint of the Secretary,” Australasian Record, May 6, 1940, 5; H. White, “Report of N.E.W.S. South Australian Division 1941,” Australasian Record, May 11, 1942, 5, 6. Note that the N.E.W.S. was related to the National Emergency Services of the Australian nation because of the wartime conditions that prevailed during World War II, and the AUC had organized separate “divisions” in the various conferences of Australia.

  41. Herbert White Service Records, South Pacific Division of the General Conference Archives, folder: “White, Herbert,” document: “White, Herbert, Biographical Record.” See also Herbert White, “Certificate of Ordination, March 22, 1942,” held in the personal collection of the author, issued March 25, 1942.

  42. “Australasian Union Conference Annual Meeting,” Australasian Record, October 5, 1942, 4, 5. “Pastor H. White...,” Australasian Record, August 23, 1943, 8.

  43. Note: At the Annual Meeting of the Australasian Union Conference late 1943, Herbert White was appointed Superintendent of the Solomon Islands Mission. See “Recommendations from the Annual Meeting,” Australasian Record, December 13, 1943, 8; “Pastor J. J. Poter...,” Australasian Record, April 3, 1944, 8; but by June 1944, a report of the Union Conference Committee advised rescinding the Solomon Islands Mission appointment and appointing H. White to act as secretary of the Publishing Department and Field Missionary Secretary of the Union Conference. See “General regret will...,” Australasian Record, June 5, 1944, 8; “Australasian Union Conference,” Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (Washington, DC: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1945), 65. Note that this last reference listed H. White as Publishing Secretary and two assistants, H. A. L. Freeman and E. A. Turner. The “Field Missionary Secretary” position was no longer included.

  44. H. White, “’Bible Readings’ a Soul-Winner,” Australasian Record, January 8, 1945, 4. See also H. White, “Soul Winning Experiences,” Australasian Record, June 28, 1943, 5, 6; Jesse Gane, “An Inspiring Convention,” Australasian Record, August 2, 1943, 4.

  45. “Sixteenth Session of the Australasian Union Conference, September 11-23, 1945, 45:15,” Box: Australian Union Conference of SDA’s, Minutes 1941-1945, Folder: AUSTRALASIAN UNION CONF MINUTES 1945, Box 549. South Pacific Division Heritage Centre, Avondale College of Higher Education, Cooranbong, New South Wales.

  46. H. White, “A Survey of the Solomons,” Australasian Record, June 24, 1946, 5, 6.

  47. Ibid.

  48. J. K. L. Fletcher, “Around the Solomons,” Australasian Record, January 27, 1947, 3, 6.

  49. H. White, “First-fruits on St. Isabel.” Australasian Record, October 13, 1947, 5.

  50. “Australasian Union Conference Committee, August 19, 1948, 48:849,” box: Australian Union Conf of SDA’s Minutes 1946-1950, bolder: Australasian Union Conference Minutes 1948, Box 550. Adventist Heritage Centre. See also “On July 21...,” Australasian Record, August 9, 1948, 8; H. E. Piper, “Special Session Australasian Union Conference, August 16-21, 1948,” Australasian Record, September 13, 1948, 2, 3; H. White, “En Route to the Autumn Council,” Australasian Record, October 4, 1948, 8.

  51. “2nd Session of the Australasian Union Conference, December 1-8, 1948, 48:909,” Box: Australian Union Conf of SDA’s, Minutes 1946-1950, Folder: Australasian Union Conference Minutes 1948, Box 550. Adventist Heritage Centre; “Australasian Inter-Union Conference,” Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (Washington DC: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1950), 75.

  52. H. White, “Inaugural Executive Meeting, Coral Sea Union Mission,” Australasian Record, March 28, 1949, 4, 5. See also K. J. Gray, “Establishment of Coral Sea Union Mission Headquarters,” Australasian Record, March 14, 1949, 5, 6.

  53. W. A. Pascoe, “Spirit of a Real Missionary,” being “Comments of Friends Which Were Read at Elder Herbert White’s Farewell,” at the time of his retirement from service at the General Conference in Washington DC, U.S.A., unpublished single-page manuscript held in the personal collection of the author, n.d.).

  54. Ibid.

  55. Ibid.

  56. H. White, “Come with Me,” Australasian Record, May 12, 1952, 5-8; H. White, “Come with Me,” Australasian Record May 19, 1952, 5-8; H. White, “Come with Me,” Australasian Record May 26, 1952, 6.

  57. “Publishing Soul-Winner Retires,” Adventist Book World, Second Quarter 1975, 6; H. White, Toktok Bolong Baibel (Warburton, Victoria, Australia: n.d.), 3.

  58. H. White, The Bible Talks (Warburton, Victoria, Australia: n.d.) 3. See also J. K. L. Fletcher, “First Camp-meeting of the North-west New Guinea Mission,” Australasian Record, September 15, 1952, 3.

  59. “THIS ‘Better Life’...,” Better Life for Pacific People, n.d., 1; “Pidgin English,” Better Life for Pacific People, n.d., 32. Note: A copy of this magazine is held in the personal collection of the author.

  60. Annual Meeting, Australasian Inter-Union Conference Committee, November 30–December 4, 1952, 52:919-920, box: Aust Union Conf of SDA’s Minutes 1951-1953, folder: Australasian Inter-Union Conference Committee Minutes November 30–December 4, 1952, box 553. Adventist Heritage Centre; 142 Meeting Australasian Inter-Union Conference Executive Committee, March 22, 1953, 53:994, Box: Aust Union Conf of SDA’s Minutes 1951-1953, folder: Australasian Inter-Union Conference Executive Minutes March 22, 1953, Box 553, Adventist Heritage Centre.

  61. Ibid., 53:995-997.

  62. “Australasian Inter-Union Conference Committee, March 22-25, 1953, 53:1007-1008”, box: Aust Union Conf of SDA’s Minutes 1951-1953, folder: Australasian Inter-Union Conference Executive Committee Minutes March 22-25, 1953, box 553. Adventist Heritage Centre. See also F. A. Mote, “Coral Sea Union Mission Re-organization,” Australasian Record, May 25, 1953, 2, 3.

  63. Australasian Inter-Union Conference Committee, March 22-25, 1953, 53:1007-1008, box Aust Union Conf of SDA’s Minutes 1951-1953, folder Australasian Inter-Union Conference Executive Committee Minutes March 22-25, 1953, box 553. Adventist Heritage Centre; F. A. Mote, “Coral Sea Union Mission Re-organization,” Australasian Record, May 25, 1953, 2, 3.

  64. H. White, “1953 in the Coral Sea,” Australasian Record, January 11, 1954, 4.

  65. Ibid.

  66. H. White, “The Birth of a Local Mission,” Australasian Record, August 10, 1953, 9.

  67. H. White, “1953 in the Coral Sea,” Australasian Record, January 11, 1954, 4, 5

  68. Ibid.

  69. Marion M. Hay, “Story of the Day,” Australasian Record, December 13, 1954, 21, 22; “Proceedings of the Australasian Division Second Session, November 22–29, 1954,” Australasian Record, December 13, 1954, 13, 14.

  70. H. White, “Report of Coral Sea Union Mission,” Australasian Record, December 13, 1954, 12, 13. Note: For the smaller re-organized C.S.U.M. the Sabbath school membership, in twenty-one months, grew by almost 12,000 members bringing the total to approximately 26,000 by the time of report preparation 1953. Church baptized membership grew “from 742 at January 1, 1950 to 3,198 in December, 1953,” a growth of 331 per cent.

  71. Herbert White Service Records, South Pacific Division of the General Conference Archives, folder: “White, Herbert,” document: “WHITE Herbert, Service Record.”

  72. “Since the denominational...,” Australasian Record, January 24, 1955, 16; R. W. Lang, “Western Australian Camp-meeting and Session,” Australasian Record, April 25, 1955, 6, 7.

  73. “Latest personnel changes...,” Australasian Record, February 9, 1959, 8.

  74. R. W. Lang, Western Australian Camp-meeting and Session, 6, 7.

  75. H. White, “Evangelism for All,” Australasian Record, September 5, 1955, 7, 8; “Western Australia Accelerates,” Australasian Record, October 17, 1955, 7; H. White, “Fruitage of Evangelistic Campaigns,” Australasian Record, January 9, 1956, 1; “We closed...,” Australasian Record, March 26, 1956, 8; H. White, “News Items from Western Australia,” Australasian Record, April 9, 1956, 4; Noel Mills, “Easter Convention for Youth Leaders,” Australasian Record, May 21, 1956, 3; “Second bulletin...,” Australasian Record, May 21, 1956, 8; “Eager Co-operators,” Australasian Record, August 6, 1956, 3, 4; J. K. Irvine, “Further Embarrassment Promised,” Australasian Record, August 27, 1956, 8; H. White, “Evangelism in Western Australia, Fire in the Stubble,” Australasian Record, January 1, 1957, 5, 6; H. White, “Other Sheep I Have,“ Australasian Record, January 21, 1957, 3, 4; J. K. Irvine, “West Australian Camp-meeting,” Australasian Record, June 24, 1957, 5, 6; Jean Croudson, “Youth Training Institute,” Australasian Record, June 24, 1957, 8, 9; “The mission really...,” Australasian Record, June 9, 1958, 16; “Pastor H. White...,” Australasian Record, June 1, 1959, 8; H. White, “Victoria in 1959 and 1960,” Australasian Record, October 26, 1959, 8, 9; Llewellyn Jones, “Baptisms in Victoria,” Australasian Record, November 9, 1959, 5, 6.

  76. Edith Stewart, “Perth Stages South-West Pacific Exhibition,” Australasian Record, June 10, 1957, 1, 2; “Galaxy of Ex-missionaries...,” Australasian Record, June 10, 1957, 16.

  77. A. H. Ferris, “Exhibition Produces Goodwill and Funds,” Australasian Record, October 27, 1958, 1, 2.

  78. “Division Committee Actions Affecting Personnel,” Australasian Record, December 7, 1959, 16; “Brevities,” Australasian Record, February 22, 1960, 16.

  79. “Australasian Division, Departmental Secretaries,” Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (Washington D.C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1962), 74.

  80. “Australasian Division, Departmental Secretaries,” Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (Washington D.C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1963), 77. “Australasian Division, Departmental Secretaries,” Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (Washington DC: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1964), 81. “Australasian Division, Departmental Secretaries,” Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (Washington DC: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1965-1966), 83.

  81. “Reporting upon...,” Australasian Record, February 22, 1960, 16.

  82. R. K. Brown, “What I Saw in Melbourne,” Australasian Record, February 29, 1960, 7, 8.

  83. John and Betty Nixon to Herbert White, 3 June 1975, private letter, held in the personal collection of the author. See also “People and Events,” Australasian Record, March 30, 1964, 16.

  84. E. Clifford, “Working Together with God,” Australasian Record, September 11, 1961, 5. See also “First Meeting of Sydney’s Northern Federation of Dorcas Welfare,” Australasian Record, August 28, 1961, 5, 6;

  85. “Further Partial Report of Nominating Committee,” ARH,” June 22, 1966, 2 [106].

  86. General Conference Committee, May 29, 1975, 194, General Conference Archives. Accessed May 7, 2018. http://documents.adventistarchives.org/Minutes/GCC/GCC1975-05.pdf

    Herbert White to C. O. Franz, 13 May 1975, private letter, held in the personal collection of the author; “Proceedings of the General Conference Fifty-second Session, July 10-19, 1975, Fourteenth Business Session,” ARH, July 31, 1975, 10 (910).

  87. Arthur H. Roth, “Dateline—Washington, a monthly roundup of happenings at the General Conference headquarters,” ARH, December 14, 1967, 17; W. R. Beach, “A Hill I See,” ARH, February 8, 1968, 6-8.

  88. Garland J. Millet, “North American News—Publishing Leaders Gather for Quadrennial Council,” Review and Herald, October 24, 1968, 21.

  89. “People and Events,” Australasian Record, March 30, 1964, 16; Bruce M. Wickwire to Herbert White, 23 June 1975, private letter, held in the personal collection of the author; General Conference Committee, March 9, 1967, 360, General Conference Archives, accessed May 8, 2018, http://documents.adventistarchives.org/Minutes/GCC/GCC1967-03.pdf; General Conference Committee, February 26, 1970, 1894, General Conference Archives, accessed May 8, 2018, http://documents.adventistarchives.org/Minutes/GCC/GCC1970-02.pdf; General Conference Committee, June 12, 1969, 1569, General Conference Archives, accessed May 8, 2018, http://documents.adventistarchives.org/Minutes/GCC/GCC1971-02.pdf; “Publishing Soul-Winner Retires,” Adventist Book World, Second Quarter 1975, 6.

  90. E. Naenny, “International News—Southern Europe: Publishing Secretaries Hosted by Waldensians,” ARH, September 25, 1969, 14, 15.

  91. F. B. Conopio, “Four Hundred Literature Evangelists Attend Institute in Philippines,” ARH, April 22, 1971, 17.

  92. “Herbert White, an...,” ARH, March 15, 1973, 21.

  93. “For the first...,” ARH, August 2, 1973, 30.

  94. General Conference Committee, June 12, 1969, 1569, General Conference Archives, accessed May 8, 2018, http://documents.adventistarchives.org/Minutes/GCC/GCC1969-06.pdf.

  95. Edouard Naenny to Herbert White, 6 June 1975, private letter, held in the personal collection of the author.

  96. Ibid.

  97. Robert H. Pierson to Herb White, 25 February 1975, private letter, held in the personal collection of the author.

  98. K. W. Tilghman to Herbert White, 18 January 1975, private letter, held in the personal collection of the author; E. O. Glenz to Herb White, 3 June 1975, private letter, held in the personal collection of the author; John and Betty Nixon to Herbert White, 3 June 1975, private letter, held in the personal collection of the author.

  99. “Publishing Soul-Winner Retires,” Adventist Book World, Second Quarter 1975, 6.

  100. Edouard Naenny to Herbert White, 6 June 1975, private letter, held in the personal collection of the author.

  101. J. N. Hunt to Herbert White, 15 June 1975, private letter, held in the personal collection of the author.

  102. E. O. Glenz to Herb White, 3 June 1975, private letter, held in the personal collection of the author; V. P. Kluzit to Herbert White, 30 June 1975, private letter, held in the personal collection of the author; G. W. R. Wilson to H. White, 15 July 1975, private letter, held in the personal collection of the author.

  103. Eric Ristau to Herbert White, 4 June 1975, private letter, held in the personal collection of the author.

  104. In ambulance on way to Royal Newcastle Hospital, Newcastle, N.S.W., Register of Deaths no. 1326/82, (5 February 1982), Herbert White, certified copy held in the personal collection of the author, Cooranbong, N.S.W. See also O. K. Anderson, “Life-Sketch of Pastor Herbert White,” Australasian Record, April 19, 1982, 13; R. A. Wood, “White obituary,” Australasian Record, April 19, 1982, 15. Note: The obituary by R. A. Wood gives date of death incorrectly as January 19, 1982 instead of the correct date of January 18, 1982 as stated within the Register of Deaths, and in O. K. Anderson’s “Life-Sketch.”

  105. Charles Harrison Memorial Nursing Home, Cooranbong, N.S.W., Death Certificate no. 31803/2001 (14 September 2001), Vera Hilda White; certified copy held in the personal collection of the author, Cooranbong, New South Wales.

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