CENTRAL METHODIST MISSION
IS MELINDA ONE OF THESE PEOPLE ?
These people represent the early publishing section of Sydney. They include the one woman Anne Howe .
There are members of the Presbyterian, Anglican and Methodist churches connected with the early papers. Convict and Free settlers. If John McGarvie were minister at Basil and Melinda’s marriage , there is at least the possibility of their being in some form of contact with this literary network which was based in the inner city of Sydney.
Another influence which appears in this group is the Temperance Movement ( most often associated with Wesleyan Methodism) . Mansfield and O’Shaughnessy both appear decadent in liquor in their youth then preacher and editor. Could again be a connection as early as the 1830s.
Note also McGarvies’ concern for the interests of the Australian Born,