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Rev. Andrew Mitchell Ramsay

1865
an unknown artist

albumen silver photograph on paper laid on cardboard (backing sheet: 40.5 cm x 32.8 cm, image: 28.3 cm x 24.0 cm)

Andrew Mitchell Ramsay (1809-1869), clergyman, was Melbourne's first Presbyterian minister. Having graduated with distinction in classics, philosophy and science from the University of Glasgow, Ramsay undertook theological studies and was ordained in 1833. In January 1847 he arrived in Port Phillip with his wife and children. In January 1850 with three other ministers, Ramsay formed the Synod of the United Presbyterian Church of Victoria. St Enoch's church in Collins Street was built for his congregation in 1851 and Ramsay helped found a number of other congregations in Melbourne in the 1850s. Ramsay campaigned for the abolition of state aid, publishing a pamphlet on this subject in 1856. One contemporary account described him as an unforgettable preacher, 'so intense was his earnestness and so thoroughly did he throw himself into his subject.'

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2009

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Artist and subject

Andrew Mitchell Ramsay (age 56 in 1865)

Subject professions

Religion

Supported by

L Gordon Darling AC CMG (38 portraits supported)

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