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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes, visited Australia...

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes, visited Australia from September 1920 to February 1921 as part of his campaign to further the cause of Spiritualism around the world. He was a prolific writer on the subject and an avid disciple. He lectured to large audiences in Melbourne and Sydney and attracted considerable attention from the press and antagonism from the church. His final address in Sydney was at the Sydney Town Hall (on this day) 27th November 1920. These illuminated addresses were presented to Doyle in Sydney and Melbourne and are now held in the State Library of NSW.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - illuminated address on behalf of Spiritualism in Sydney, presented by the Stanmore Spiritualist Church / artwork by Cooke & Goldsmith, Sydney

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - illuminated address presented by the Spiritualists of Melbourne and Victoria, 1921

The wanderings of a spiritualist / by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle published in 1921 is also held in the State Library of New South Wales.

Read more in A Spiritualist Abroad