Tasmania

The Baha’is of Tasmania are actively engaged in neighbourhood community development activities that are open to all regardless of faith or background.

This includes providing spiritual empowerment programs for junior youth aged 11-14, spiritual education classes for children, gatherings that strengthen the devotional life of the community, and study circles on spiritual themes.

There are Baha'i Local Spiritual Assemblies in Clarence, Devonport, Glenorchy, Hobart, Kingborough, Launceston and West Tamar. There is also a Baha’i Council for Tasmania which has its offices in the Baha’i Centre of Learning at 1 Tasman Highway, Hobart.

The Baha’i community has become well known in Hobart through the operation of the Baha’i Centre of Learning for Tasmania, which was officially opened by Tasmanian Governor Peter Underwood in 2009. An educational institution established for the benefit of the people of Tasmania, it has quickly become a popular venue for conferences, seminars and meetings. Its onsite cafe, open to the public and run by TASTE, has become a well-known feature. The Centre also provides a model of sustainable building practices.

Regular community events are held at the Baha'i Centre of Learning. One of these is Soul Food, a reflective and devotional gathering featuring live performers and inspiring themes. Open to all, it is held on the first Sunday of every month at 3 pm.

History

The Baha’i Faith arrived in Tasmania in 1924 when Clara and Hyde Dunn, who had brought the Faith to Australia, and two Melbourne Baha’is spent three months in Hobart. Their visit attracted a small number of individuals to the Baha’i Faith, the first of whom was Gretta Lamprill, a nurse.

As the first Tasmanian Baha’i, Gretta Lamprill sustained the Baha'i Faith in Tasmania for many years. She was gradually joined by others in Hobart, Launceston and Devonport.

The first Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Hobart was established in 1949, providing the basis for the effective functioning of the Baha’i community. From its earliest years, the Tasmanian Baha’i community was actively involved with community organisations such as the United Nations Association and the Good Neighbour Council, and it continues to be so today.

Regional Baha'i Council for South-Eastern Australia

Email: secretariat@sea.bahai.org.au

Baha'i Centre of Learning for Tasmania
Open every day except Sunday
1 Tasman Highway, Hobart, TAS 7000
Tel (03) 6234 7654
Email: info@tasbcl.com.au
www.tasbcl.com.au

Soul Food
www.soulfood.com.au/tas