Civic dignitaries and guests gather in front of the Baha'i House of Worship in Sydney, Australia, ahead of a reception and service on 18 September 2011, marking the temple's fiftieth anniversary.
The Baha'i House of Worship in Sydney, Australia, specially illuminated for an interfaith prayer ceremony on Wednesday 21 September 2011 to mark the United Nations International Day of Peace. The service was part of a week of celebrations marking the fiftieth anniversary of the temple.
Civic dignitaries joined religious leaders and Australian Baha'is for a service, held on 18 September, at the Baha'i House of Worship in Sydney, which launched a week of commemorative and celebratory activities for the temple's fiftieth anniversary.
Representatives of seven of the world's major religions who read from their sacred scriptures at an International Day of Peace service in the Baha'i House of Worship, Sydney, on Wednesday 22 September. The 10 readers represented the Baha'i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Zoroastrian communities.
An historic photograph shows guests gathered on the steps of the Baha'i House of Worship in Sydney, Australia, on the day of its dedication, 16 September 1961.
Visitors gathered inside the Baha'i House of Worship in Sydney, Australia, for its inauguration on 16 September 1961. Among the attendees was "Uncle" Fred Murray, the first Australian Aboriginal Baha'i. "I joined the Faith two months ago and when I saw the temple, the tears came to my eyes," said Mr. Murray.
Madame Ruhiyyih Rabbani, widow of the Guardian of the Baha'i Faith, presided over the inaugural events at the Baha'i House of Worship in Sydney, Australia, September 1961. "Its doors are open to the peoples of all creeds, all races, all nations and all classes," she told those gathered at the first public services. "It is the hope of the Baha'is that everyone will feel free to come and pray in this temple and share with us in its services of praise to the God we all love..."
The Baha'i House of Worship in Sydney, Australia was dedicated in September 1961. The property is set amidst natural bushland in Ingleside, a northern suburb of the city, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. A busy policeman, directing traffic for the opening, described the House of Worship to a local newspaper as the "angel of Sydney."