Alfred Semmens

(1867-1940). Pioneer Seventh-day Adventist medical worker in Australia. Born in Australia, he became a Seventh-day Adventist in 1888 as the result of reading Ellen White’s Great Controversy. Afterward he went to the United States and studied nursing at the Battle Creek Sanitarium. In 1891 he married Emma Martha Pallant, with whom, soon after his graduation, he went to Australia to teach in the SDA school in Melbourne. Later he served as secretary of the local conference. At the urging of Mrs. White he resumed nursing, pioneering in the establishment of SDA medical work in Australia by opening near Sydney the first SDA treatment rooms and others later in Adelaide. Afterward for a number of years he was manager of the Sydney Sanitarium and Hospital. In 1911 he went to Loma Linda, Californi...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.

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