The following is from the General Conference Archives Facebook page:
"On March 4 in 1895: the 31st GC Session ends, in Battle Creek. It re-elected all three officers but this session was historic, for it approved a new form of Adventist organisation: the Union Conference, pioneered by A. G. Daniells in Australia in 1894 (photo shows Daniells during his time as Australian Union Conference President).
The then GC president, Ole Olsen, had reservations about the Union model, but with Ellen White's support (sent by letter from Australia) the Session gave its blessing. Over the next 6 years the benefits offered by devolving some authority down from the GC were obvious and at the 1901 GC Session, Unions was adopted around the world."
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://spectrummagazine.org/node/5131