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The Josephs family Left to right - Harold, Mervyn, Betty, Walter. In front, Myrtle and Harry Josephs, c. 1938.

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Josephs, Harold George (1918–2011) and Olive May (Buller) (1921–2017)

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

Harold George Josephs was an evangelist, pastor, and educational administrator. Harold and Olive Josephs were missionaries to India.

Childhood and Family

Harold George Josephs, evangelist, pastor, missionary to India, and educational administrator, was born on May 19, 1918 at Lismore in western Victoria, Australia.1 He was the first child of Henry Alfred (June 8, 1878 - August 21, 1950) and Myrtle Olive Ruby Verbena Josephs (Miller) (May 16, 1893 - November 18, 1980). His father was a shepherd on “Gnarpurt Station,” but in July, shortly after Harold’s birth, the family moved to the drier climate of South Australia, where Henry worked as a boundary rider on the “Carriewerloo Station.” Here, during the next five years, two brothers and a sister joined the family.

When Harold became of school age, the family shifted into the town of Port Augusta, so he could attend the local school. He was only in grade two when his father had a stroke. From that time on, they struggled financially.2

Conversion and Training

In 1928 an evangelistic campaign was run in Port Augusta by a Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) minister, Pastor Stanley L. Patching, and a company of eleven members was organised.3 The Dienhoff family, who were neighbours of the Josephs, became Seventh-day Adventists and the Josephs family, who had been nominal Methodists, now came in contact with SDAs for the first time. They started attending the meetings of the SDA company and when the conference president, Pastor Philip G. Foster, visited in late 1930, he stayed overnight with the Josephs, remarking that they were “just stepping out into the light of the glorious truth.”4 Henry and Myrtle Josephs are believed to have been baptised some time during the following year.

Harold was baptised in a creek at Port Paterson, south of Port Augusta, by Pastor Foster on December 24, 1932, with six other people. The Port Augusta SDA church was organised on the same day and his mother was appointed as the Church Missionary secretary (today called Personal Ministries). 5

Just prior to his baptism, Harold completed his studies at the Port Augusta school and obtained his Qualifying Certificate. He looked forward to helping his parents financially, but the country was in the grip of the Great Depression, and he couldn’t get a job. Seventeen months later, they lost their house to the bank, so they took their few belongings and moved to Adelaide, hoping work could be obtained there. Harold was now sixteen and his greatest desire was to become a minister.6

Going to college seemed an impossibility, but after five years of taking whatever work he could get,7 (and learning many skills in the process) he was able to attend the Australasian Missionary College at Avondale.8 It took him six years to complete the four-year ministerial course as he had to take a reduced number of classes each year in order to fit in enough work hours (often during the night) to earn his college fees.9

Graduation and Marriage

Harold loved attending the church meetings, and at the South Australian Conference Camp-meeting in 1936, he first met Olive Buller during an informal sing-along around the piano in the meeting tent.10 Olive May Buller was born March 5, 1921 in Adelaide, the second child of Frank Gregory (May 29, 1892 – December 11, 1958) and Dulcie May Buller (Price) (February 24, 1894 – August 2, 1958). Frank worked for the South Australian Railways and in 1936 they were living in Tailem Bend where he was charge-man at the round-house. Olive’s mother had become a Seventh-day Adventist in 1927 and although her father never joined the church, he encouraged his wife and four children in their attendance at church meetings.11

Between 1936 and when he went to college in 1939, Harold rode his bicycle the 100 kilometres from his home in Adelaide through the hills to Tailem Bend numerous times to visit Olive. He would take with him a suitcase full of aprons and other items and would sell them door-to-door, adding to his college fund.12

In 1940, Olive went to Warburton in Victoria to work in the Sanitarium Health Food (SHF) Factory for the next two years to earn enough money, so she also could attend college. During 1942 and 1943, she took the secretarial course at Avondale. As well as making many life-long friends, she and Harold also had the opportunity to strengthen their friendship.13

After leaving college, Olive was receptionist and cashier in the Adelaide office of the SHF for two years.14 Harold graduated from college in December 194415 then spent 1945 working on the mission teams of, firstly, Pastor Francis G. Rampton at Woonona,16 then Pastor Raymond Bullas at Goulburn, (both in the South New South Wales Conference). At the end of that year, on December 18, 1945, Harold and Olive married in the Adelaide City SDA Church.17

Ministry

During 1946 Harold held follow-up Bible studies with mission interests in Goulburn, then ministered in Young.18 In 1947 the couple were relocated to Sydney where Harold engaged in evangelism, first with the Western Suburbs Mission team at Parramatta under the leadership of Pastor Max Grolimund, (1948-1949)19 then from July 1949-1950 with the City Mission presented by Pastor Clifford Reeves in the Sydney Town Hall.20 He was also assistant minister for the Blacktown Church.21 During this time, Olive was the Youth Ministries secretary for the Greater Sydney Conference.22 The Crosslands Youth Camp was being set up and both Harold and Olive were heavily involved – Harold with setting up the physical plant and Olive with organising and running junior and youth camps.23 Olive also supported the mission efforts by conducting vegetarian cooking demonstrations with other presenters such as Essie Petherbridge24 and Hazel Hon, and demonstrating healthful cooking at Pastor Eric Hon’s “Home and Health” public presentations.25

On September 22, 1951, at the Greater Sydney Conference Camp-meeting, Harold was ordained to the gospel ministry by Pastors J. L. Shuler, L. A. Butler, W. E. Battye and Reuben E. Hare.26

Other evangelistic efforts followed, culminating with one in Chatswood/North Sydney in 1952-1953.27 It was commenced by Pastor Ormond Anderson and carried to completion by Harold when Pastor Anderson was suddenly appointed overseas in the second month of the mission.28 A baptism of nine converts was an encouraging start to solo ministry.29

He was then appointed as the pastor of the Neutral Bay and Manly churches and tasked with completing the building of the Manly church, which had stalled after the foundations had been laid.30 Every month, Olive contributed baking or jam and sewing to fund-raising ‘Sales of Work’ to fund the building.31 Nearly every Sunday saw Harold leading a working-bee building the church. He and one other volunteer tiled the roof as it was of such a steep pitch that contractors would not tackle it. Each tile had to be wired in place.32

Shortly before the official opening of this church building, Harold received a transfer to Tasmania to pastor the Launceston and Bishopsdale SDA Churches and the Scottsdale company.33 By this time, Olive and Harold had three children – Shirley Ruth, [Tarburton], Beverley Jeannette [Moss], and Darrell Henry. All the time her children were in any of the children’s Sabbath-schools from Cradle Roll to Juniors, Olive was either the leader or teacher, and piano accompanist, often also playing for church.34

After only eighteen months in Tasmania a call was accepted from the Southern Asia Division to evangelism in Southern India.35 In March, 1958, the family sailed and were diverted to Ceylon (Sri Lanka).36 Here, Harold pastored the Kandy church for eight months37 (until the paperwork was approved for entry of the original appointee from the United States), and assisted in running a pioneering Youth Camp.38 Meanwhile, their household goods had proceeded on to India and they were finally re-united in December when the family arrived at the port of Cochin, Kerala.

Although originally appointed to Calicut,39 Harold and Olive were located in the city of Ernakulum where for twelve months they undertook language studies and held cottage meetings.40 At the end of 1959, to fill a vacancy at the Seventh-day Adventist boarding high school further south, the Josephs family shifted again and Harold became the principal and manager of the school at Kottarakara.41

Initiatives

The school had been in operation for over thirty years42 and had serious maintenance needs with not enough finance to cover the work. Harold was able to alleviate this problem utilising his skills as a plumber, electrician and carpenter, supervising and guiding senior students to do the work.

However, a more pressing issue, which threatened to close the school’s senior year, was the State’s scheduling of Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) Exams on the Sabbath. This change had been instituted by the recently-elected Communist State Government, and caused a crisis at the school.43 The students understood the moral decision that the school would not hold examinations on Sabbath, and expressed their loyalty. However, as a result, some of the non-Adventist students withdrew. During 1960 Harold negotiated with the Education and Judicial departments of the government, obtaining permission for the students to be supervised during the Sabbath hours and sit their examinations after sun-down.44 However, he continued presenting the school’s case to the government and in 1961 obtained a decision that became enshrined in law in the State of Kerala, that no SSLC exams would be scheduled for Saturday from that time forward.45

The school’s main source of income was a cashew-nut plantation. The trees had passed their peak bearing age, so after a lot of research and consultation, Harold started planting rubber trees.46 Over twenty years later, he received a letter from Pr. Stanley Hutton (former headmaster and later, principal) thanking him for his foresight and stating that as a result of the rubber production the school was then self-supporting.47

Later Ministry

At the end of their five-year term, the Josephs returned to Australia48 and joined the Victorian Conference where Harold was the pastor of Shepparton church for 1963-1964.49 This was followed by four years of ministry in Melbourne, pastoring the Auburn, Ringwood, 50 Croydon, and Mont Albert churches.51 Harold had cordial relations with other Protestant ministers in the area and served on the local Ministers’ Fraternal.52 During this time, Olive was a Welfare Federation President in the Victorian Conference53 and undertook special training in Civil Defence, becoming in 1964, one of the first to attain that qualification.54 In 1966 she commenced working on food preparation for the church’s Coronella Retirement Home and also served on its board.55 From 1969 until 1971 was spent ministering at Horsham.56

The final years of Harold’s ministry, 1972-1983, were spent in the South Australian Conference.57 Harold was particularly delighted to serve as the pastor of the Adelaide City church in 1973,58 as he was the first member of this congregation to go to college and become a minister.59 Other churches he pastored during these years were Murray Bridge,60 Mannum and Tooperang; Prospect61 and Queenstown; Elizabeth, Gawler and Barossa Valley;62 Millicent and Rendelsham.63 He was known as a peacemaker and was able to develop warm friendships with church members and many of their non-Adventist family members.64 Several times during his ministry he was appointed to churches that had become fractured by conflict and was able to bring about a renewed spirit of cooperation.65

Olive continued her welfare work and again became Welfare president.66 She also became a founding committee member of the Adelaide SDA Senior Fellowship and helped run monthly programs for seniors.67

During his years in public evangelism with tent missions, Harold had learned how to pitch, maintain and mend the large canvas pavilions that were also used for camp meeting. This fitted him to be the Camp Superintendent, another role he filled during his time in the South Australian Conference.68

Retirement and Death

Harold retired in Adelaide in June 198369 but continued preaching each Sabbath, visiting sick and isolated members and taking weddings, baptisms and funerals in distant reaches of the state.70 Harold and Olive were able to take some overseas trips to visit Shirley’s family as she and her husband spent 29 years serving the church overseas, and also to travel around Australia.71

In 2006 they moved back to Melbourne to be closer to their children and their families. Harold began to lose his sight and suffered other health problems. He died in Box Hill Hospital on November 24, 2011, a few months after suffering a stroke while at camp meeting. Olive lived until 2017, dying at AdventCare Whitehorse on August 24 from heart failure. They both loved the Lord, and loved the SDA church family. They spent their lives serving both.72

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Notes

  1. “Birth Notices, - Josephs,” The Argus, June 27, 1918, 1.

  2. Harold Josephs, interview by author, Nunawading, Victoria, May 20, 2009.

  3. “Port Augusta.” Australasian Record, vol. 32, no. 26, June 25, 1928, 6.

  4. P. G. Foster, “Visiting Churches and Isolated Believers,” Australasian Record, vol. 35, no. 5, February 2, 1931, 4.

  5. P. G. Foster, “Organisation of Church at Port Augusta.” Australasian Record, vol. 37, no. 5, January 30, 1933, 5

  6. Harold Josephs, interview by author, Nunawading, Victoria, May 20, 2009.

  7. “Colporteurs’ Monthly Summary January 1939.” Australasian Record, vol. 43, no. 10, March 6, 1939, 6.

  8. H. Josephs, “Young People of South Australia. . .” Australasian Record, vol. 44, no. 42, October 14, 1940, 6.

  9. Harold Josephs, interview by author, Nunawading, Victoria, May 20, 2009.

  10. Ibid.

  11. Olive Josephs, interview by author, Nunawading, Victoria, February 4, 2017.

  12. Ibid.

  13. Ibid.

  14. Ibid.

  15. “The Avondale Graduating Class, 1944,” Australasian Record, vol. 82, no. 9, February 28, 1977, 3.

  16. P. A. Donaldson, “Forty-Ninth Annual Session of the South N.S.W. Conference,” Australasian Record, vol. 49, no. 16, April 16, 1945, 4.

  17. R. Brandstater, “Josephs – Buller,” Australasian Record, vol. 50, no. 8, February 25, 1946, 7.

  18. Olive M. Josephs, “Spring Service at Harden, N. S. W,” Australasian Record, vol. 50, no. 44, November 4, 1946, 4-6.

  19. M. Grolimund, “The Auburn Mission, Sydney,” Australasian Record, vol. 52, no. 20, May 17, 1948, 5.

  20. L. A. Butler, “The Sound of a Going,” Australasian Record, vol. 53, no. 33, August 15, 1949, 5.

  21. Edna Watson, “Fiftieth for Blacktown,” Australasian Record, vol. 89, no. 5, February 18, 1984. 12.

  22. Olive Josephs, interview by author.

  23. R. K. Brown, “Creating a Highway at Crosslands,” Australasian Record, vol. 70, no. 8, February 21, 1966, 1-2.

  24. E. W. Hon, “Home and Health Activities,” Australasian Record, vol. 56, no. 15, April 14, 1952, 4.

  25. E. W. Hon, “Home and Health Exhibition,” Australasian Record, vol. 56, no. 30, July 28, 1952, 4.

  26. “A very impressive ordination. . .” Australasian Record, vol. 55 no. 42, October 15, 1951, 8.

  27. Ormond K. Anderson, “Breaking New Ground,” Australasian Record, vol. 56, no. 37, September 15, 1952, 6.

  28. R. R. Frame, “Reports from Australasian Inter-Union Conference Annual Council,” Australasian Record, vol. 57, no. 3, January 19, 1953, 3.

  29. C. H. Brown, “Chatswood Mission Baptism,” Australasian Record, vol. 57, no. 43, October 26, 1953, 8.

  30. J. Bull, “Manly Church Building,” Australasian Record, vol. 57, no. 20, May 18, 1953, 8.

  31. Olive Josephs, interview by author.

  32. Harold Josephs, interview by author.

  33. “Exchanges have been arranged , . .” Australasian Record, vol. 60, no. 6, February 6, 1956, 16.

  34. Olive Josephs, interview by author.

  35. “A call from the Southern Asia . . .” Australasian Record, vol. 62, no. 1, January 6, 1958, 8.

  36. “Australia has given another . . .” Australasian Record, vol. 62, no. 17, April 28, 1958, 4.

  37. N. O. Dahlsten, “Ceylon Union,” Southern Asia Tidings, vol. 53, no. 17, September 1, 1958, 3.

  38. H. G. Josephs, “Arrival in the Mission Field,” Australasian Record, vol. 62, no. 25, June 23, 1958, 8-9. Also Jasmine Fernando, “Winayouth Wins,” Southern Asia Tidings, 53, no. 20, October 15, 1958, 13.

     39. “Pastor and Mrs H. G. Josephs . . .” Southern Asia Tidings, vol. 53, no. 24, December 15, 1958, 8.

     40. H. G. Josephs, “Hazards of Learning Malayalam,” Australasian Record, vol. 63, no. 19, May 11, 1959, 5-6.

     41. “A Transfer for the Josephs Family in India,” Australasian Record, vol. 63, no. 37, September 14, 1959, 16.

     42. “Institutions in Southern Asia Division,” Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (Washington D.C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1925), 172

     43. “The finishing class of the Kottarakara . . .” Southern Asia Tidings, vol. 55, no. 6, March 15, 1960, 7.

     44. “Word has been received . . .” Southern Asia Tidings, vol. 56, no. 5, March 1, 1961, 12.

     45. H. G. Josephs, “Kottarakara High School Makes History in Kerala,” Australasian Record, vol. 65, no. 3, January 16, 1961, 10-11, 13.

     46. Harold Josephs, “In South India God Intervenes for Kottarakara High School,” Australasian Record, vol. 76, no. 39, September 25, 1972, 2.

     47. Stanley Hutton to Harold Josephs, unknown date, letter sighted in the 1990s by Shirley Tarburton. Private collection of Harold Josephs, now believed lost.

     48. “When they come home . . .” Australasian Record, vol. 66, no. 43, October 22, 1962, 8.

     49. H. G. Josephs, “At the Shepparton Show,” Australasian Record, vol. 69, no. 7, February 15, 1965, 6.

     50. “Victorian Conference Appointments,” Australasian Record, vol. 69, no. 10, March 8, 1965, 4.

     52. “At a recent social function . . .” Australasian Record, vol. 73, no. 3, January 20, 1969, 16.

     53. Connie J. French, “Ringwood church on the Community Map,” Australasian Record, vol. 70, no. 37, September 12, 1966, 3-4.

     54. “Considering we have only one . . .” Australasian Record, vol. 68, no. 22 June 1, 1964, 8.

     55. “The Home Missionary secretary . . .” Australasian Record, vol. 68, no. 31, August 3, 1964, 16.

     56. Olive Josephs, interview by author.

     57. Josephs, H. G. “Tarburton – Josephs,” Australasian Record, vol. 75, no. 8, February 22, 1971,14.

     58. “Victoria will shortly . . .” Australasian Record, vol. 76, no. 8, February 21, 1972, 16.

     59. “Adelaide Celebrates Anniversaries,” Australasian Record, vol. 91, no. 43, November 8, 1986, 10.

     60. Harold Josephs, interview by author.

     61. Grant Watson, “Murray Bridge Marks 60th Year,” Australasian Record, vol. 92, no. 5, February 14, 1987, 13.

     62. “The president of the South Australian . . .” Australasian Record, vol. 78, no. 3, January 21, 1974, 16.

     63. H. G. Josephs, “In Gratitude,” Australasian Record, vol. 83, no. 20, May 15, 1978, 2.

     64. Harold George Josephs Personal Service Record, South Pacific Division of the General Conference Archives, folder: “Josephs, Harold George,” document: “Personal Service Record.”

     65. Shirley Tarburton, personal knowledge as a daughter of Harold and Olive Josephs.

     66. Ibid.

     67. M. M. Stewart, “South Australia Celebrates,” Australasian Record. February 3, 1975, 6.

     68. G. E. Hart, “South Australian Conference Senior Fellowship,” Australasian Record, vol. 85, no. 10, March 10, 1980.

     69. “Camp Meeting superintendent . . .” Australasian Record, vol. 82, no. 27, July 4, 1977, 11.

     70. Harold George Josephs, Sustentation Fund Application, South Pacific Division of the General Conference Archives, folder: “Josephs, Harold George,” document: “Sustentation Fund Application.”

     71. Harold George Josephs Personal Service Record, South Pacific Division of the General Conference Archives, Folder: “Josephs, Harold George,” document: “Personal Service Record.”

     72. Harold Josephs, interview by author; “Josephs, Pastor Harold George . . .” Australasian Record, vol. 117, no. 4, March 3, 2012, 22.

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Tarburton, Shirley. "Josephs, Harold George (1918–2011) and Olive May (Buller) (1921–2017)." Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists. January 29, 2020. Accessed April 15, 2024. https://encyclopedia.adventist.org/article?id=BB66.

Tarburton, Shirley. "Josephs, Harold George (1918–2011) and Olive May (Buller) (1921–2017)." Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists. January 29, 2020. Date of access April 15, 2024, https://encyclopedia.adventist.org/article?id=BB66.

Tarburton, Shirley (2020, January 29). Josephs, Harold George (1918–2011) and Olive May (Buller) (1921–2017). Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists. Retrieved April 15, 2024, https://encyclopedia.adventist.org/article?id=BB66.