Known to many as “Father Dunn,” he and his wife Clara
arose spontaneously in 1919 after reading ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
’s statement in the Tablets of the Divine Plan
“O that I could travel, even though on foot and in the utmost poverty, to those regions, and raising the call of ‘Yá Bahá’u’l-Abhá
’ in cities, villages, mountains, deserts and oceans, promote the Divine teachings! This, alas, I cannot do. How intensely I deplore it! Please God, ye may achieve it.”
Mr. Dunn resigned his position, and he and his wife left their home in San Francisco for Australia, where they remained for the rest of their lives, working to establish the Faith in Australia and New Zealand. They were the first Bahá’ís to set foot in Australia, on 18 April 1920. He was 62 at the time.