History

The editorial in The Keswick Quarterly And Upwey Convention News of November 1935 called for an editor who would start a Christian journal giving news of preachers and workers, evangelists, missions, and missionaries, providing book reviews and devotional aids, and giving outspoken and definite Christian witness.

Meanwhile, in February 1932 Eric Daley, the son of the editor and publisher of The Kerang Times, who had worked on that paper, had come to Melbourne to study at the Melbourne Bible Institute (now Melbourne School of Theology). He discovered his talents were not as a preacher, so he returned to his former job in Kerang. John Knox, with whom he had studied at MBI, was keen to start an eight-page newspaper. So that is what these two young men, both in their 20s did. The first edition of The Edifier was published on 10 June 1938.

In July 1939 the format was changed and it became New Life. It had already been commended for its high standards and support of the evangelical faith.

In 1982 Eric Daley was succeeded as editor by the Rev John Coleman but he died only a few years later and Eric again took over the editorship.

The Rev Bob Thomas was appointed editor in 1988, followed by the Rev Ross Prout in 1995 and Mrs Helen Woodall in November 2002. On 30 June 2006 New Life ceased as a weekly newspaper and on 1 July 2006 it began as a fortnightly news magazine under the leadership of a Production Team, Rev Bob Thomas and Drs Clifford and Barbara Wilson.

New Life ceased publication as a printed magazine on 31 December 2010, but reopened as an email and web-based publication on 1 March 2011, again with Rev Bob Thomas as Editor and Dr Clifford Wilson as Associate Editor. Dr Wilson was called Home on 4 April 2012 after faithfully serving beside all of the editors over many years.

New Life now continues to bring news, inspiration, and encouragement. It breaks down the isolation of people who are shut-in or living in remote parts of the world. It continues to uphold the uniqueness of Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord in an ever-changing world.

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