Editor's Note: It seems "the last shall be first" and our Chronicle correspondents from Down Under have completed their reports on this, the last leg of Baba's tour. So if you will pardon the sequence, we print their section first. The earlier part of the Master's tour will be described in later issues.
N THE 9th of August this year (1956), for the first time in known history, the Avatar, Who is the One Ancient One, God, came to Australia. This Event, which a few of us had longed for consciously, and all people and things unconsciously; which the land itself, the plains and mountains, the deserts and fertile areas, the forests and streams and rivers, and the unique kookaburra and kangaroo and platypus had dreamed of and hoped for, occurred. The plane bearing Him and four of His disciples came down out of the clear sky and touched down at Mascot, Sydney, at a quarter to four in the afternoon of the 9th.
Baba was welcomed by a few of His devotees, and taken to Beacon Hill, a suburb 12 miles on the north side of the city, where the rest of the Sydney group, a few from Melbourne (600 miles south), one each from Canberra (200 miles south), Newcastle (100 miles north) and Armidale (400 miles north) completed the welcome. He embraced each one, and retired into the house which had been built mostly by the group's own labor as a centre for His work, and which was now given over to Him and His four disciples. The room in which He himself stayed, worked and played with us, is 30 feet by 20 feet, with stone walls and wooden floor and ceiling, and has a large window opening out over bush-land, suburbs, and the Pacific Ocean. On one wall is a mural done by one of the group depicting Baba as the Creator of the universe and the Goal of all life.
Most of the Group were accommodated in a large shed and three tents, with the remainder in two houses within half a mile. All meals including breakfasts were taken by the Group in the shed, so all were "on tap" all the time, and enjoyed Baba's company to the utmost.