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W. G. Marsh portrait

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W. G. Marsh portrait
A carte de visite that shows W. G. Marsh and an unidentified associate. It is believed that Marsh is the man sitting directly in the chair.
Walzi, Richard
Springfield College Archives and Special Collections
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College Archives Digital Collections
IMLS YMCA Historical Image Collection
Young Men's Christian Association of North America
International Young Men's Christian Association
Cartes de visite
10.5 x 6.25 cm.
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William Gilbert Marsh was born in Hingham, in the United States of America, in 1841. He traveled to Australia in his youth and be came actively associated with the work of the Y.M.C.A. in 1871, when it was decided to form an association in Melbourne. The following year he was appointed general secretary, a position he held for 13 years. During this time he visited the associations in all the capital cities of the Commonwealth and in 1873 he represented Australia at the American Y.M.C.A. conference. He then entered Holy Orders and was ordained by Bishop Moorehouse. He was rector of St. Luke's Church, Adelaide, until he retired from active work in the ministry in 1913. Outside South Australia he is best known, perhaps, for his work on behalf of the Y.M.C.A. For most of his life he did not suffer any serious illness, and he was a total abstainer. Mr. Marsh died in January, 1930.
This picture has a pencilled caption on the verso that reads, "Yours in Christ Jesus. W. G. Marsh. Melbourne Australia. June 2/79." The author of the photograph also appears on the back of the photograph with a stamped caption that reads "Richard Walzl, no. 46 N Charles St., Baltimore".