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The Inlander – a quarterly magazine
The Inlanders – a documentary film
William Bernard Ullathorne (1806 – 1889) Catholic priest, commentator, pamphleteer
William Ullathorne persuaded the English Colonial Office to allow passage money of £40 each for ten schoolteachers, whom he recruited from all parts of the British Isles. He published a substantial pamphlet, The Catholic Mission in Australasia (London, 1837), and by preaching throughout Lancashire raised £1500 for the mission. The pamphlet quickly ran into six editions, and 80,000 copies were distributed in French, German, Dutch and Italian.
Jeremiah Francis O’Flynn (1788 – 1831) Catholic priest
Simple but impulsive, Jeremiah O’Flynn managed to conflict with authority wherever he went, yet his clash with the Colonial Office helped to publicize the needs of Catholics in New South Wales and to influence the British government in 1820 in allowing the first official Roman Catholic missionaries to be sent to Australia.
James McColl (1844 – 1929) Senator
James McColl was a senator in the Federal Parliament. He was also a Presbyterian who taught Sunday school at St Andrew’s in Bendigo for 55 years.
VH-UER The first air ambulance
The aircraft VH-UER was used for general aviation until 1928 when it was refurbished for use as the first air ambulance for the Australian Inland Mission (AIM) – as can be seen by the small Maltese Cross under the pilot’s cockpit. Upon starting service under contract for the AIM, the Rev John Flynn, the famous Flying Doctor, renamed it ‘Victory’.
Robert Bruce Plowman (1886 – 1966) patrol padre, author
Robert Bruce Plowman was the first Australian Inland Mission Patrol Padre at Oodnadatta, South Australia, 1913-18. He wrote `Camel Pads’, `The Boundary Rider’, and `The Man from Oodnadatta’.
Australian Inland Mission
In 1912 John Flynn compiled a detailed report on the spiritual condition of the people, both Indigenous and European, of the Northern Territory and Central Australia. The General Assembly of Australia responded by establishing the Australian Inland Mission, with Flynn as Superintendent.