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Albert Donaldson Pietz

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Pietz, Albert Donaldson (1912–2010), and Mary Grace (Dunlop) (1913–1980); later, Shirley Daphne Wendy (Blank) (1931–2019)

By Shirley Tarburton

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Shirley Tarburton, M.Litt. (Distinction) (University of New England, Armidale, New South Wales, Australia) retired in 2008 after 40 years teaching church-school (mainly high school but including eight years at university). An Australian, she has taught in four mission fields, Australia, and New Zealand. She has authored five books and co-authored one on church history, biography and family history, as well as several magazine articles. She is married to Dr. Michael Tarburton with two adult children and four grandchildren.

 

First Published: January 29, 2020

Pastor Bert Pietz and Mary Grace Pietz were Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) missionaries to the New Hebrides (now Vanuatu) and Papua New Guinea who also engaged in ministry in Australia, and Bert served as president of the Tasmanian Conference for six years.

Early Life

Albert “Bert” Donaldson Piez was born on April 18, 1912, in East Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.1 He was the sixth and last child of Carl Piez (April 25, 1864, Germany–May 13, 1937) and his wife, Margaret Ann Donaldson of Ireland (June 2, 1870–December 11, 1941), who married in Brisbane on March 19, 1896. Bert’s siblings were Richard (December 26, 1896–March 14, 1932), Marion Elisabeth (Wheatley, October 24, 1899–unknown), Frederick James (April 27, 1902–May 11, 1980), Norman Carl (November 23, 1904–August 9, 1974), and Sarah Catherine (Woods, January 11, 2907–July 24, 2000).2 In adulthood, Bert changed the spelling of his surname to Pietz in order to make it easier for people to pronounce the name correctly.3

When Bert was just a year old, his family moved about five kilometers (three miles) east to South Morningside, where he spent his childhood. He attended the nearby Cannon Hill Primary School as long as he was legally required to do so and left school on his 14th birthday, in 1926, to commence an apprenticeship as a carpenter.4

Three years later, the great depression struck, and Bert was out of work. He was offered employment about 185 kilometers (115 miles) away in the country, working for a Seventh-day Adventist, Arthur E. Hodgkinson. Here, he was provided with steady employment through the worst of the depression.5

Conversion and Education

Bert became a Seventh-day Adventist in 1924 and was baptized, possibly along with some other members of his family, in 1929, following an evangelistic campaign run by R. A. Anderson.6 His oldest brother was a well-known SDA church member at the time of his death in early 1932,7 and his mother probably also joined the church in the mid-1920s when an evangelistic campaign8 was run in their suburb of Morningside.9 This most likely provided the contact for Bert’s apprenticeship with Mr. Hodgkinson.10 Bert’s father joined the church in 1932 through the ministry of B. H. Schwartzkopf, a fellow German.11

Bert’s association with the SDA Church encouraged him to enroll at the Australasian Missionary College at Avondale in 1934.12 For the next four years, he took the ministerial course, completing his studies in 1937.13

Marriage

In 1935 Bert met Mary Grace Dunlop.14 She had been born on June 15, 1913, in Germanton (now Holbrook), New South Wales,15 to Walter George Cameron (1887–1945)16 and Mary Grace (Chilcott) Dunlop (1888–1975).17 Mary was the second of five children. Her siblings were Euphemia Jessie (Penguilley, 1912–1976),18 Hughina May (1915–1916),19 George Cameron (1917–1996),20 and Don (dates unknown).21 Her father had grown up in an SDA family but did not become an SDA himself until Mary was about 13.22 The family then moved to Avondale, and she had the opportunity to attend the college there. She had completed her studies at Avondale in 193223 but in 1935 was living in the nearby village of Cooranbong with her parents.24 During the remainder of Bert’s stay at Avondale, their friendship grew, culminating with their marriage on December 21, 1938, at Warburton, Victoria.25

Career

As Bert was approaching the end of his final year at college, he received an appointment to literature evangelism in Victoria.26 Commencing at the end of January 1938, he spent six weeks selling books in Geelong and Shepparton before being appointed on March 17, 1938,27 to assist Pastor Max Grolimund with his tent mission in Warragul and meetings in Bayles.28 In September, Pastor Grolimund was transferred, and Bert pastored the churches at Longwarry, Bayles, and Moe by himself for the remainder of the year.29

After their marriage at the end of 1938, Bert and Mary moved to Melbourne, where Bert joined Pastor E. G. Whittaker’s evangelistic team in the suburb of Fairfield30 and later in Ivanhoe,31 resulting in the baptism of 26 people on November 25, 1939.32

That same year, Bert and Mary’s son, Donaldson Cameron, was born.33 When he was three months old, the little family moved to Camperdown,34 and Bert cared for the Camperdown and Colac churches during 1940, also running an evangelistic campaign in Cobden.35 Bert joined Pastor J. B. Keith in evangelistic outreach in 1941 in Ballarat.36 In October 1941, both men received appointments to missions in the New Hebrides (now Vanuatu), to commence as soon as possible.37

Pacific Mission Service

To prepare for this appointment, they both underwent a period of medical training in Sydney38 during October and then set sail in the Morinda on November 7.39 The Pietz family was stationed on the 3.7-kilometer (2.3-mile)-long island of Atchin.40 The isolation of their situation was underlined when Bert’s mother died a month later, and it took two weeks for him to receive the news.41

Bert’s family had barely settled into their new sphere of service when offensive action of World War II entered the South Pacific region, and many of the SDA missionaries were withdrawn, including most of those in the New Hebrides.42 The Pietz family arrived back in Sydney on April 1, 194243 and, after some medical treatment, took up an evangelistic appointment at Tamworth, New South Wales.44

Early in 1943 the situation was deemed safe for the expatriate missionaries to return to their stations.45 Bert returned to Atchin as soon as possible46 and traveled with Pastor Keith around the islands, reestablishing contact with the believers.47 Mary and Don joined him about six months later, after he had repaired their house.48 Malaria struck the missionary families and others in the New Hebrides with frequency, and Bert and Mary were kept busy caring for those who were ill, in addition to their other mission work.49 In January 1944, Bert and Mary also became very ill with the fever,50 which again laid them low in January the following year.51

On July 29, 1944, at a service held at the Aore SDA Training School, Bert Pietz was ordained to the gospel ministry by Pastor A. G. Stewart, the Field Secretary of the Australasian Union Conference.52 He was now the district director for the Ambrym-Malekula District53 and was well accepted by the varied tribal groups across those islands, able to relate to them through an understanding of their culture.54

The Pietz family was due a furlough early in 1946, but Mary and Don returned to Australia early55 to assist her mother because her father had been killed in mid-1945 in a vehicle accident.56 When Bert returned on furlough about April 1946, he temporarily reverted to his trade of carpentry to build his mother-in-law a house.57

In May 1946, Bert and Mary had the joy of adopting newly born twins, Judith Ann (May 8, 1946–November 28, 1952) and David John.58 Now a family of five, they sailed for the New Hebrides by the Morinda on September 4, 1946, to commence their second term of service.59 En route, Don succumbed to measles, which broke out on board, and he consequently developed encephalitis.60 When he lapsed into a coma, an American Army plane stationed in the New Hebrides flew him, accompanied by his father, to Australia on October 13, and he was admitted to the SDA Sydney Sanitarium and Hospital very early the next morning.61

Bert was given work with the church’s buying agency in Sydney,62 and in December, Mary and the twins returned to Australia by ship.63 When it was seen that Don’s treatment and recovery would be protracted, Bert was given a transfer to work with the Voice of Prophecy team in Sydney,64 where he worked for two and a half years, in charge of the Bible Correspondence Course.65

Difficult but Inspiring Years

When Don came out of his coma, he could not speak or interact as before. He was discharged from the hospital after four months, and his care fell mainly to Mary.66 Bert’s heart was still with the New Hebrides Mission,67 and at the end of 1948, Bert and Mary agreed to return. There had been a reorganization in the administration of the church in the Australasian region, with four union conferences set up, overseen by the Australasian Inter-Union Conference.68 Under this reorganization, Bert became the first president of the New Hebrides Mission69 as part of the Central Pacific Union.70

It was with optimism that Bert and Mary took their family back to the New Hebrides, to live at Aore,71 anticipating Don’s full return to health.72 There was much growth in the Adventist mission, and Bert was kept busy itinerating around his territory, supporting his team, and conducting baptisms and weddings.73 However, Mary’s lot was increasingly difficult with little observable improvement in Don, who was becoming more difficult to care for as he grew bigger and stronger, so early in May 1950, Mary’s mother flew out to help.74

During 1950–1951 the expansion of SDA membership saw over five hundred baptized members and about fifty island workers in the New Hebrides Mission.75 Bert oversaw the establishment of a Publishing Department and the training of many colporteurs to sell the literature76 and implemented the appointment of indigenous district directors.77 Requests for SDA teachers were coming from so many villages that they were unable to fulfill them all.78

Unfortunately, at the same time, the strain on Mary proved too great, and her health broke.79 Her weight had decreased to 41 kilograms (90 pounds).80 Bert took her and the children back to Australia so that she could receive treatment at the Sydney Adventist Hospital.81 Bert continued his work at Aore82 until the end of 1951, when he was invited to take up evangelistic work in the Queensland Conference.83 Accepting that Mary could no longer care for Don, they placed him in an institution on Peat Island in the Hawkesbury River just north of Sydney.84

Pastoral Ministry

The family moved to Kingaroy in Queensland, where Bert served as the pastor of the Kingaroy SDA church for more than three years.85 He was also on the Conference Executive Committee86 and in demand as a speaker at camps.87 During this time, Bert took every opportunity to visit Don, always coming away heartbroken by the lack of improvement in his condition.88

On November 28, 1952, tragedy struck again. Bert had been asked by the wife of his brother Fred to conduct the funeral of her mother in Yandina, Queensland. After the burial, he was commiserating with the relatives at his brother’s home when he received an anguished phone call from Mary. Their six-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Judith, had collapsed at school and was unconscious in the hospital.89 Bert rushed home but arrived too late; Judith had died a couple of hours after the phone call. She had died of a cerebral fever resulting from a relapse of malaria that she had contracted years before in the New Hebrides.90

During 1955, they were transferred to Warwick, where for six months,91 Bert expended his energies in seeing the construction of a new church building through to completion.92 On June 7, 1955, word was received from Peat Island that Donaldson had died.93 His sorrowing parents buried him at Avondale, comforted that he no longer suffered.94 This made Bert and Mary feel able to respond positively when they were approached once more to accept an appointment to the mission field.95

The Pacific Mission Field Again

In November 1955, it was announced that Pastor and Mrs. A. D. Pietz would be proceeding to Mount Hagen, in New Guinea, where he would take over the presidency of the Western Highlands Mission of SDAs.96 When they and David left in January, they were accompanied by Mary’s mother, who spent four months with them, helping Mary to settle in.97

Bert embraced the tasks facing him. His first responsibility was to establish a mission at Tari.98 He then established a central school at Rakamunda in Wabag, oversaw the construction of the office and church at mission headquarters in Mount Hagen, and established Tatamunda as a district headquarters.99

He was just gaining momentum when, in mid-1957, he was asked to transfer to Goroka as the President of the Eastern Highlands Mission.100 During the five and a half years he spent there, a new church was built in Goroka,101 the SDA mission at Yani was reopened,102 Benabena Central school was established,103 as was a school at Konkua, Kainantu,104 and SDA Church work was commenced in Karimui105 as well as among the Angu people, (also called Kukukukas).106 The Mount Michael District Headquarters was established, and 12 new mission stations with churches were built for 2,000 new members who had joined the church within a period of about three months in 1958.107 This gave the Eastern Highlands Mission the largest Sabbath School enrollment of any conference or mission in the Australasian Inter-Union Conference.108

More emphasis was put on preparing local people to take responsibility for areas of leadership in the mission, with training courses being run. Teachers were also enabled to become government certified as efforts were made to standardize the schooling offered in SDA schools.109

Mary often went on itinerary with Bert, walking up to 32 kilometers (20 miles) over bush tracks to village meetings or to church services at outstations.110 Her hobby was her garden, and in 1960 she was awarded a plaque by the district commissioner for the loveliest garden in Goroka.111 She and Bert also loved to sing and often sang duets as special music for church or other gatherings.112

In Australia Again

David was now nearly 17, so Bert and Mary decided not to sign up for another term of mission service when their current one expired and applied for permanent return.113 At the beginning of 1963, Mary and David returned to Australia in time for David to start the new school year. Bert followed on March 21.114

He was appointed as pastor of the Inverell SDA Church in northwest New South Wales, and they were settled there by May 1963.115 As had happened before, a new church building was needed, so Bert put his experience to the task. With the willing cooperation of the members and friends, it was opened, debt-free, just over a year later.116 Both Mary and Bert were invited to address a variety of different community groups in the district,117 and the church received good publicity from the friendly local press.118 Bert was invited to present a daily radio program, Thought for Today, over radio station 2NZ, which was well-received and elevated the church’s profile in the district.119

The family was on the move again at the end of 1964, when Bert was invited to take the presidency of the Tasmanian Conference,120 a position that he held for six years.121 As always, Mary looked around for what she could do and accepted voluntary leadership of the Southern Federation of Health and Welfare Services of the conference.122 Bert was kept busy managing the difficulties faced by a small conference with limited resources. During his tenure, the church responded mightily to the crisis caused by the 1967 bushfires,123 held Bible training sessions,124 and made a great evangelistic push in 1968 (11 evangelistic series run)125 and 1969 (12 series of evangelistic meetings run),126 resulting in more than 120 baptisms.127 A widespread building program was carried out, including the completion of the Glenorchy128 and Margate129 churches in Hobart and the Launceston church130 in the other major city, and five other churches were built around the state.131

Commenting on his time in Tasmania, Pastor Pietz said,

It was a small conference, trying to do things that were beyond its ability to afford them. Attempts to correct the situation met with stiff opposition, so [I] decided not to stand for re-election. It was a shame. It had really been a very enjoyable and rewarding experience. In doing what I did, while I thought it was for the best, it did not help my credibility in some areas.132

In 1971, Bert transferred to the South Queensland Conference, where he had grown up.133 He initially pastored his former home church of South Brisbane and that of Mount Gravatt while also assisting with an evangelistic outreach series being run in Brisbane city.134 Over the next two years, he pastored Kingston and Beaudesert, then the new church being planted at Springwood while running an outreach program in Beenleigh.135

Retirement and Volunteer Service

Pastor Bert Pietz retired on December 31, 1973, after 36 years of service.136 He was only 61 years old and continued as chairman of the building committee at Springwood to complete the church hall.

In mid-1974 he was asked to develop the Stewardship program in the South Queensland Conference, which he worked on until the end of 1976.137 During 1977 Bert and Mary spent six months in the Sustentees on Overseas Service program at Beulah College and Mizpah mission station in Tonga,138 returning to Tonga in 1979 for a second stint to be acting president while the president, Pastor John Lee, had a furlough.139 While they were there, they were approached with the request that Bert become assistant to the manager at Elizabeth Lodge,140 a Seventh-day Adventist retirement complex in Normanhurst, New South Wales.

They moved there upon their return to Australia, and Bert filled that position and that of Public Relations Officer141 for four and a half years, until 1984.142 Soon after they moved into Elizabeth Lodge, Mary was diagnosed with cancer. She underwent an operation but continued to decline in health, dying in the Sydney Adventist Hospital on December 9, 1980.143

On October 25, 1981, Bert married Shirley Daphne Wendy Blank144 (b. June 22, 1931),145 and in 1984 they moved to Charmhaven on the New South Wales Central Coast.146 He continued to accept invitations to conduct weddings and funerals, and to return to his former places of ministry on the occasions of the dedication of new buildings,147 anniversaries,148 and reunions.149 He enjoyed returning to Tasmania in 1980150 and to Vanuatu more than once, in 1987151 and 1988.152 He took on the presidency of the local Retired Adventist Workers’ Association for a time153 and later was the Vice-President of the Sev-Ad Historical Society.154 He also continued speaking at church services when invited, and occasionally wrote articles for church papers.

In 1992, he and Wendy sold their home and moved into the Avondale Retirement Village,155 where he died, aged 98, on May 28, 2010.156 As long as he was able, Pastor Bert Pietz maintained an active interest in the work of the SDA Church, contributing unstintingly of his time and talents for the joy of seeing the gospel of the kingdom preached around the world. Wendy Pietz died on April 8, 2019. Her funeral service was conducted on April 16, 2019, and she was buried in the Avondale Cemetery, Cooranbong, New South Wales.157

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Notes

  1. Queensland, Australia, birth registration B28536 (1912), Albert Donaldson Piez, Queensland Government, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, https://www.familyhistory.bdm.qld.gov.au/details/a3c9c5d1f982461595f3667bffae4feca78a746cded37f07630aa1ea8e70ecb7.

  2. Eddie Piez, e-mail message to author, May 21, 2017.

  3. Ibid.

  4. A. D. Pietz, “The Story of My Life” (unpublished manuscript, January 2, 1998). Copy in author’s possession.

  5. Ibid.

  6. Albert Donaldson Pietz Personal Service Records, South Pacific Division of the General Conference Archives, Folder: “Pietz, Albert Donaldson.” Document: “Personal Service Record.”

  7. H. A. Hill, “Richard Piez obituary,” Australasian Record, April 18, 1932, 6.

  8. Albert Donaldson Pietz Personal Service Records, “Personal Service Record.”

  9. F. Knight, “City Mission, Brisbane.” Australasian Record, March 24, 1924, 6.

  10. Eddie Piez, e-mail, May 21, 2017.

  11. R. J. Burns, “Carl Piez obituary,” Australasian Record, June 14, 1937, 7.

  12. A. D. Pietz, “The Story of My Life.”

  13. Ibid.

  14. Ibid.

  15. 15 Germanton, New South Wales, birth registration 32490 (1913), Mary Grace Dunlop, State of New South Wales (Department of Justice), Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia, https://familyhistory.bdm.nsw.gov.au/lifelink/familyhistory/search/result?3.

  16. Deve, Victoria, birth registration 9704 (1886), Walter George Cameron Dunlop, Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths, and Marriages, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, https://my.rio.bdm.vic.gov.au/efamily-history/5ceaf31fe5c96f22e5f8fb28?q=efamily; Kurri Kurri, New South Wales, death registration 9900 (1945) Walter George Dunlop, State of New South Wales (Department of Justice), Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia, https://familyhistory.bdm.nsw.gov.au/lifelink/familyhistory/search/result?70.

  17. Katandra, Victoria, birth registration 4694 (1889), Mary Grace Chilcott, Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths, and Marriages, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, https://my.rio.bdm.vic.gov.au/efamily-history/5ceaf31fe5c96f22e5f8fb28?q=efamily; New South Wales death registration 106351 (1975), Mary Grace Dunlop, State of New South Wales (Department of Justice), Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia, https://familyhistory.bdm.nsw.gov.au/lifelink/familyhistory/search/result?75.

  18. R. W. Howes, “Eugenia Jessie Penguilley obituary,” Australasian Record and Advent World Survey, January 24, 1977, 14.

  19. A. Hokin, “Hughina May Dunlop obituary,” Australasian Record, March 20, 1916, 7.

  20. Holbrook, New South Wales, Australia, birth registration 38821 (1917), George C. Dunlop, State of New South Wales (Department of Justice), Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia, https://familyhistory.bdm.nsw.gov.au/lifelink/familyhistory/search/result?17; “Dunlop, George Cameron,” Ryerson Index to Death Notices and Obituaries in Australian Newspapers, http://ryersonindex.org/search.php.

  21. W. H. Pascoe, “Walter George Dunlop obituary,” Australasian Record, June 25, 1945, 7.

  22. Ibid.

  23. Mrs. E. E. White, “A Chosen Band,” Australasian Record and Advent World Survey, November 7, 1960, 2.

  24. J. R. James, “Piez-Dunlop,” Australasian Record, February 6, 1939, 7.

  25. Ibid.

  26. “Appointments of College Students,” Australasian Record, September 13, 1937, 6.

  27. A. D. Pietz, “Story of My Life.”

  28. “Missions in Victoria.” Australasian Record, June 13, 1938, 6.

  29. Albert Donaldson Pietz Personal Service Records, “Personal Service Record”; A. Piez, “A Farewell and a Baptism,” Australasian Record, September 19, 1938, 5.

  30. F. J. Butler, “Victorian News Notes,” Australasian Record, June 19, 1939, 5.

  31. A. D. Pietz, “Story of My Life.”

  32. A. D. Pietz, “A Combined Baptism at North Fitzroy,” Australasian Record, January 1, 1940, 6.

  33. A. D. Pietz, “Story of My Life.”

  34. F. J. Butler, “Victorian Conference Session, January 9–21, 1940.” Australasian Record, March 4, 1940, 4.

  35. A. D. Pietz, “Story of My Life.”

  36. Ibid.

  37. “Nominations, Appointments and Transfers,” Australasian Record, October 6, 1941, 8.

  38. “Pastor J. B. Keith and Brother A. Pietz . . . ,” Australasian Record, October 20, 1941, 8.

  39. A. D. Pietz, “Story of My Life.”

  40. “When Pastor J. B. Keith . . . ,” Australasian Record, December 1, 1941, 8.

  41. A. D. Pietz, “Story of My Life.”

  42. “There was great relief . . . ,” Australasian Record, April 27, 1942, 8.

  43. A. D. Pietz, “Story of My Life.”

  44. Ibid.

  45. “Some Union Conference appointments . . . ,” Australasian Record, January 18, 1943, 8.

  46. “The friends of Brother A. D. Pietz. . . ,” Australasian Record, April 12, 1943, 8.

  47. “News from the New Hebrides.” Australasian Record, May 31, 1943, 5.

  48. A. D. Pietz, “Story of My Life”; “We are happy to report . . . ,” Australasian Record, August 16, 1943, 8.

  49. “News from the New Hebrides.”

  50. “New Hebrides,” Australasian Record, April 10, 1944, 4.

  51. A. D. Pietz, “Mission Activities on Atchin, New Hebrides.” Australasian Record, May 21, 1945, 4.

  52. A. G. Stewart, “Resuming Island Visitation,” Australasian Record, September 18, 1944, 4–5.

  53. I. R. Harvey, “Epi District Meeting, New Hebrides,” Australasian Record, February 4, 1946, 2.

  54. I. R. Harvey, “Epi District Meeting, New Hebrides (Concluded from last week),” Australasian Record, February 11, 1946, 5–6.

  55. A. D. Pietz, “Story of My Life.”

  56. W. H. Pascoe, “Walter George Dunlop obituary,” Australasian Record, June 25, 1945, 7.

  57. A. D. Pietz, “Story of My Life.”

  58. Ibid.

  59. “Departures,” Daily Commercial News and Shipping List, September 6, 1946, 2; “Returning to Malekula . . . ,” Australasian Record, September 30, 1946, 8.

  60. “A Speedy Flight for Medical Help,” Australasian Record, October 28, 1946, 8.

  61. Ibid.

  62. A. D. Pietz, “Story of My Life.”

  63. “When the ‘Morinda’ arrived . . . ,” Australasian Record, January 20, 1947, 8.

  64. “Actions Taken at the Half-Yearly Meeting of the Union Conference Committee,” Australasian Record, April 14, 1947, 6.

  65. A. D. Pietz, “Story of My Life.”

  66. M. G. Pietz and A. D. Pietz, “In Appreciation,” Australasian Record, May 19, 1947, 8.

  67. “Dedication of the ‘Nakalangi.’ ” Australasian Record, November 3, 1947, 6.

  68. N. C. Wilson and F. A. Mote, “Australasian Inter-Union Conference,” Australasian Record, April 11, 1949, 3.

  69. “Annual Meeting, Australasian Union Conference,” Australasian Record, January 10, 1949, 8.

  70. Wilson and Mote, “Australasian Inter-Union Conference.”

  71. A. D. Pietz, “Itinerating in the New Hebrides,” Australasian Record, June 26, 1950, 5–6.

  72. A. D. Pietz, “Thanks and Farewell,” Australasian Record, May 9, 1949, 3.

  73. A. D. Pietz, “Itinerating in the New Hebrides.”

  74. Ibid.

  75. E. N. Hokin, “First Session—New Hebrides Mission,” Australasian Record, July 3, 1950, 2–3.

  76. R. L. Aveling, “From Cannibals to Colporteurs,” Australasian Record, February 12, 1951, 4–6.

  77. A. D. Pietz, “Forward in Faith and the Results,” Australasian Record, July 23, 1951, 4.

  78. A. D. Pietz, “Your Missionaries Plead with You,” Australasian Record, May 21, 1951, 5.

  79. A. D. Pietz, “Story of My Life.”

  80. Ibid.

  81. “Owing largely to the impaired . . . ,”Australasian Record, June 11, 1951, 3.

  82. “Our Island Fields—An Appeal for Prayer,” Australasian Record, September 17, 1951, 4.

  83. “By invitation of . . . ,” Australasian Record, January 14, 1952, 8.

  84. A. D. Pietz, “Story of My Life.”

  85. Ibid.

  86. H. J. Windeyer, “Queensland Conference Camp-Meeting,” Australasian Record and Advent World Survey, June 1, 1953, 4.

  87. David E. Lawson, “Maranatha,” Australasian Record and Advent World Survey, February 22, 1954, 7–8.

  88. A. D. Pietz, “Story of My Life.”

  89. Eddie Piez, e-mail message to author, May 21, 2017.

  90. R. A. Greive, “Judith Anne Pietz obituary,” Australasian Record and Advent World Survey, March 16, 1953, 7.

  91. A. D. Pietz, “Missionaries Among Men with Floral Wigs and Daggers,” Australasian Record and Advent World Survey, August 13, 1956, 6.

  92. Ibid.; R. Tindall, “Another ‘Queensland Nut’ Cracked,” Australasian Record and Advent World Survey, September 19, 1955, 7.

  93. Eddie Piez, e-mail.

  94. Ross C. Piper, “Donald C. Pietz obituary,” Australasian Record and Advent World Survey, July 25, 1955, 15.

  95. A. D. Pietz, “Missionaries Among Men.”

  96. “Three appointments . . . ,” Australasian Record and Advent World Survey, November 14, 1955, 16; L. T. Greive, “The Mission of Promise,” Australasian Record and Advent World Survey, April 30, 1956, 1.

  97. “To fill gaps . . . ,” Australasian Record and Advent World Survey, January 23, 1956, 16; “On the 30th April . . . ,” Australasian Record and Advent World Survey, May 21, 1956, 8.

  98. L. T. Greive, “The New Mission at Tari,” Australasian Record and Advent World Survey, June 25, 1956, 8.

  99. A. D. Pietz, “Story of My Life.”

  100. “Time to Move On.” Australasian Record and Advent World Survey, August 26, 1957, 8.

  101. “An organ is required . . . ,” Australasian Record and Advent World Survey, November 16, 1959, 7.

  102. R. N. Baird, “A Warm Welcome to Yani,” Australasian Record and Advent World Survey, August 7, 1961, 1.

  103. A. D. Pietz, “Notes from the Eastern Highlands,” Australasian Record and Advent World Survey, April 11, 1960, 2.

  104. A. D. Pietz, “Story of My Life.”

  105. Mary G. Pietz, “The Cry of New Guinea Is Being Answered,” Australasian Record and Advent World Survey, January 30, 1961, 5–6.

  106. A. D. Pietz, “Gospel for Savage, Insolent Kukukukus,” Australasian Record and Advent World Survey, April 7, 1958, 4.

  107. “2,000 New Members in Three Months!,” Australasian Record and Advent World Survey, February 16, 1959, 4.

  108. Ibid.

  109. A. D. Pietz, “In the Rays of a Setting Sun,” Australasian Record and Advent World Survey, January 14, 1963, 2–3.

  110. Mrs. E. E. White, “A Chosen Band,” Australasian Record and Advent World Survey, November 7, 1960, 2–3.

  111. Ibid.

  112. E. J. Gray, “District Commissioner Opens New Lae Church,” Australasian Record and Advent World Survey, August 17, 1959, 4–5.

  113. “Sessions Make Changes,” Australasian Record and Advent World Survey, January 28, 1963, 8.

  114. “Plans are for . . . ,” Australasian Record and Advent World Survey, March 11, 1963, 8.

  115. A. D. Pietz, “From Missionary to Church Pastor,” Australasian Record and Advent World Survey, November 23, 1964, 3.

  116. Ibid.

  117. Ibid.

  118. A. D. Pietz, “Story of My Life”; M. G. Townend, “Public Relations Digest,” Australasian Record and Advent World Survey, December 7, 1964, 2.

  119. Townend, “Public Relations Digest.”

  120. “Since our last report . . . ,” Australasian Record and Advent World Survey, March 15, 1964, 16.

  121. “Pastor A. D. Pietz . . . ,” Australasian Record and Advent World Survey, February 1, 1971, 20.

  122. R. H. H. Thomas, “Welfare Work Following ‘Black Tuesday’ in Hobart,” Australasian Record and Advent World Survey, June 5, 1967, 11.

  123. Mrs. B. Barritt, “Welfare in Action-3,” Australasian Record and Advent World Survey, April 17, 1967, 6.

  124. R. H. H. Thomas, “Hobart Hosts Youth Bible Convention,” Australasian Record and Advent World Survey, September 18, 1967, 2; R. H. H. Thomas, “Tasmanian Camp Session, 1969,” Australasian Record and Advent World Survey, May 19, 1969, 6.

  125. A. D. Pietz, “Evangelism in Tasmania,” Australasian Record and Advent World Survey, September 16, 1968, 10.

  126. A. D. Pietz, “Evangelism the Watch-Word in Tasmania.” Australasian Record and Advent World Survey, September 1, 1969, 6.

  127. Thomas, “Tasmanian Camp Session.”

  128. R. H. H. Thomas, “Major Breakthrough in Publicity,” Australasian Record and Advent World Survey, November 29, 1965, 2–3.

  129. H. G. Halliday, “Another Church in Tasmania,” Australasian Record and Advent World Survey, August 18, 1969, 6.

  130. J. Silver, “Launceston Opens New Church,” Australasian Record and Advent World Survey, November 13, 1967, 1.

  131. Peter A. Miller, “Dedication of Devonport Church,” Australasian Record and Advent World Survey, August 18, 1969, 6; Martin Brown, “New Church Opened at Deloraine,” Australasian Record and Advent World Survey, January 20, 1969, 2–3; A. D. Pietz, “Story of My Life.”

  132. A. D. Pietz, “Story of My Life.”

  133. “Pastor A. D. Pietz . . . ,” Australasian Record and Advent World Survey, February 1, 1971, 20.

  134. A. D. Pietz, “Story of My Life.”

  135. A. D. Pietz, “Springwood Springs to Life,” Australasian Record and Advent World Survey, July 23, 1973, 3.

  136. “Well Done!,” Australasian Record and Advent World Survey, May 27, 1974, 11, 14.

  137. “Pastor A. D. Pietz . . . ,” Australasian Record and Advent World Survey, October 4, 1976, 16; A. D. Pietz, “Story of My Life.”

  138. David Sutcliffe, “Beulah Says ‘Thank You,’ ” Australasian Record and Advent World Survey, December 19, 1977, 2; Ralph Murray and Betty Murray, “The Needs of Tonga,” Australasian Record and Advent World Survey, January 2, 1978, 2.

  139. “Did you know . . . ,” Australasian Record and Advent World Survey, October 9, 1978, 16.

  140. Pastor A. D. Pietz, “Relaxation in Retirement,” Australasian Record and Advent World Survey, September 28, 1981, 14.

  141. A. D. Pietz, “Open to All,” Australasian Record and Advent World Survey, September 8, 1980, 14.

  142. A. D. Pietz, “Story of My Life.”

  143. D. J. Silver, “Mary Grace Pietz obituary,” Australasian Record and Advent World Survey, February 23, 1981, 14.

  144. D. E. Bain, “Pietz-Blank,” Australasian Record and Advent World Survey, January 11, 1982, 14.

  145. Eddie Piez, e-mail.

  146. A. D. Pietz, “Story of My Life.”

  147. “Sir Joh Opens New Kingaroy Church,” Record, November 28, 1987, 12.

  148. Graeme Perry, “Pastor and Mrs. J. C. H. Perry celebrated . . . ,” Record, February 16, 1991, 13–14.

  149. “Mt Gravatt Reunion,” Record, January 30, 1988, 8.

  150. E. H. Winter, “Tasmania Opens Its New Retirement Homes,” Australasian Record and Advent World Survey, July 21, 1980, 8–9.

  151. A. D. Pietz, “Missionary Returns for 75th Celebrations in Vanuatu,” Record, October 3, 1987, 8.

  152. “Services Mark Vanuatu Church Opening,” Record, March 25, 1989, 10–11.

  153. “Businessman Tells Retired Workers of Vanuatu Openings,” Record, March 4, 1989, 10.

  154. “History Being Made,” Record, August 3, 1996, 5.

  155. A. D. Pietz, “Story of My Life.”

  156. Eddie Piez, e-mail.

  157. Shirley Tarburton, personal knowledge.

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Tarburton, Shirley. "Pietz, Albert Donaldson (1912–2010), and Mary Grace (Dunlop) (1913–1980); later, Shirley Daphne Wendy (Blank) (1931–2019)." Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists. January 29, 2020. Accessed February 29, 2024. https://encyclopedia.adventist.org/article?id=782P.

Tarburton, Shirley. "Pietz, Albert Donaldson (1912–2010), and Mary Grace (Dunlop) (1913–1980); later, Shirley Daphne Wendy (Blank) (1931–2019)." Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists. January 29, 2020. Date of access February 29, 2024, https://encyclopedia.adventist.org/article?id=782P.

Tarburton, Shirley (2020, January 29). Pietz, Albert Donaldson (1912–2010), and Mary Grace (Dunlop) (1913–1980); later, Shirley Daphne Wendy (Blank) (1931–2019). Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists. Retrieved February 29, 2024, https://encyclopedia.adventist.org/article?id=782P.