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World Chain of Light 

Edward House, Mark I, Albany was the centre of a large gathering of members of Toc H, Albany and Porongorup Groups and L.W.H and the general public  on the 11 December 1938, when the World 'Chain of Light of Toc H was observed, and when the centenary of the building which is used as the Mark was celebrated.

 

Mr. Robert Stephens, correspondent of the W.A Historical Society, addressed the members of Toc H and L.W.H and delivered a short address on the history of the Edward House.  The land on which it stands was taken up in the early days of the settlement, shortly after its transference from New South Wales to the Swan River Settlement, by Mr. George Cheyne, who erected a cottage on it. This home became largely the centre of social life in the tiny settlement, for Mr. and Mrs. Cheyne were extremely hospitable people. After a residence of many years at Albany during which he engaged extensively in industry including whaling and store-keeping, Mr. Cheyne returned to Scotland. He sold his Albany property subsequently to Captain John Hassell, whose daughter eventually became the wife of the late Frank Dymes. On his death the property passed into the possession of his sister, Miss Annie Dymes, a woman whose chief interest in life lay in youth movements.

Edward House, Mark I, Albany was the centre of a large gathering of members of Toc H, Albany and Porongorup Groups and L.W.H and the general public  on the 11 December 1938, when the World 'Chain of Light of Toc H was observed, and when the centenary of the building which is used as the Mark was celebrated.


Mr. Robert Stephens, correspondent of the W.A Historical Society, addressed the members of Toc H and L.W.H and delivered a short address on the history of the Edward House.  The land on which it stands was taken up in the early days of the settlement, shortly after its transference from New South Wales to the Swan River Settlement, by Mr. George Cheyne, who erected a cottage on it. This home became largely the centre of social life in the tiny settlement, for Mr. and Mrs. Cheyne were extremely hospitable people.

After a residence of many years at Albany during which he engaged extensively in industry including whaling and store-keeping, Mr. Cheyne returned to Scotland. He sold his Albany property subsequently to Captain John Hassell, whose daughter eventually became the wife of the late Frank Dymes. On his death the property passed into the possession of his sister, Miss Annie Dymes, a woman whose chief interest in life lay in youth movements.

 

At nine o'clock, the whole gathering "stood to," to participate in the World Chain of Light. The ceremony, which originated in Western Australia in 1929 is observed by Toc H throughout the world each year. Every year a different Branch or Group commences the chain. In 1938 it started from Toronto, Canada, where at nine pm the lamps and rushlights of Toc H Units in the area were lit. Successive units across Canada and the United States, in South America, New Zealand, Australia, India, China, Europe and Great Britain, stood to, lighting their lamps at nine o'clock and thus passing the light round the world. After the ceremony, a series of speakers traced the history of Toc H, from 1938, through its various - stages, back to the old house of Poperinghe and the newly appointed Albany Toc H Padre, Rev. K. D. Andrews-Baxter, concluded the series by taking his hearers back to the stable at Bethlehem, where he was born on Whom the whole principles of Toc H are founded and without Whom the movement could not continue.

The World Chain of Light is conducted annually by Toc H members worldwide. It takes place on the 11th – 12th December, those dates being chosen to commemorate the first opening of Talbot House in Poperinghe, Belgium and the birthday of the Founder Padre Tubby Clayton.

 

It was first undertaken in 1929 at the initiative of Toc H in Western Australia and started in Perth. The host Lamp is lit at nine pm local time on the 11th December and a vigil is maintained for 24 hours. The chain moves westwards around the world with Branches all lighting their Lamps at 9.00pm local time until the chain of light is completed at 9.00pm on the 12th December. A short Service is prepared by the members of the host Branch or Group which includes a Message. 

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