Christian Israelite Church

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Christian Israelite Church in Sydney, Australia

The Christian Israelite Church was founded in 1822 by the prophet John Wroe.


From 1822 to 1831, the church had its headquarters in the town of Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, United Kingdom, which the church wanted to turn into a "new Jerusalem". Wroe's followers intended to build a wall around the town with four gateways. The wall was never constructed, but the four gatehouses were, as was a printing press. Popular opinion in Ashton-under-Lyne turned against Wroe when he was accused of indecent behaviour in 1831, but the charges were dismissed. The Church spread to Australia and the United States of America, where it is still active.[1][2] Today there are groups of members meeting in Australia at locations including Sydney City, the Sydney suburb of Windsor, Fitzroy in Melbourne, the Central Coast and Singleton in the Hunter Region of New South Wales.[3]

One of his followers was Carl Friedrich Zimpel, an ambassador for the European countries.


  1. ^ Nevell (1994), p. 95.
  2. ^ A Tribute to Prophet Wroe 1782–1863,, retrieved 2009-07-10 
  3. ^ Christian Israelite Website


  • Nevell, Mike (1994). The People Who Made Tameside. Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council. ISBN 1-871324-12-2. 

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