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Australian History

It was in 1981 that the Walk to Emmaus became established in the USA as a separate entity from its parent body Cursillo. Three years later Australia became the first country outside the USA in which the Emmaus movement was organised. In August 1984, the Reverend Robert Wood, at the invitation of The Upper Room (Australia), brought a team of 32 Americans (most of whom paid their own fares and used their annual leave) to run the first Emmaus Walks in Australia. Team members came from all over the USA, from both Emmaus Walks and Cursillo movements and included two Australians who had made their initial walks in the the US. The first Emmaus Walks in Australia were held in Otford, NSW. Twenty men and thirty-three women attended.

In 1985, the Uniting Church in Australia became the official sponsor of the Australian Walk to Emmaus movement. However the commitment to make the Emmaus movement an ecumenical tool of spiritual renewal for church leadership in Australia has constantly been emphasised.

The Walk to Emmaus has grown rapidly in Australia and there are now 23 communities nationwide including at least one in every state and territory. The following table gives the establishment dates of these communities.

Commencement Date Communit Name State Current Status
1984 August Sydney NSW Recess
1986 September Mid North Coase NSW Active
1986 September Far North Coast NSW Closed December 2010
1989 August Queensland (later South Coast now Gold Coast) QLD  Active
1990 July Northern Inland NSW  Active
1990 August Chrysalis NSW  Active
1990 November Canberra/Manaro ACT  Active
1991 April Western Sydney NSW  Active
1991 July Newcastle Central Coast NSW  Active
1991 September Alarga National  Active
1992 August Adelaide SA  Active
1993 May Brisbane North Coast QLD  Active
1993 July Riverina NSW  Active
1993 November Melbourne Vic  Active
1994 August Central Queensland QLD  Active
1994 September Darling Downs QLD  Active
1995 July South Sydney/Illawarra NSW  Active
1995 Kairos (Parramatta) NSW  Active
1996 March Brisbane South QLD  Active
1996 April Perth WA  Active
1996 May Brisbane West QLD  Active
1996 September North Queensland QLD  Active
1999 July Maribynong/North West Vic  Active
1999 July Top End NT  Active
2001 May Central West NSW  Active
2003 September Great Southern WA  Active
2004 February Tasmania Tas  Active
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