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National Christian Heritage Sunday
Author Archives: A tribute to Influential Australian Christians
Bill Ferguson (1882 – 1950) aboriginal leader Bill Ferguson stood tall, with a calm and reliable manner, and his strong Presbyterian faith supported his pride in Aboriginal people In 1949 he went to lobby the national Chifley Labor government in Canberra as … Continue reading
The Inlander The Inlander – a quarterly magazine and 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 … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
Northern Territory and Central Australia: A call to the church – John Flynn When Flynn’s report, entitled Northern Territory and Central Australia – A Call to the Church, was presented to the Presbyterian Church, it responded promptly by announcing the … Continue reading
Frederick Llewellyn Heriot (1884 – 1956) Cloncurry minister The Rev. F. L. Heriot, of the Australian Inland Mission, may be fairly described as a hero.
James Dixon (1758 – 1840) Catholic priest, convict (political) Reverend James Dixon was tried and sentenced to death for suspected complicity in the Irish rebellion. The sentence was commuted to transportation for life. He arrived at Sydney on the Friendship … Continue reading
Agnes Bennett (1872 – 1960) medical practitioner, army officer, flying doctor Agnes Bennett was a committee-member of the (Church of England) District Nursing Association and gave free medical assistance. She was the first female commissioned officer in the British Army … Continue reading
Red Cross The Red Cross came into being at the initiative of a man named Henry Dunant. Dunant grew up during the period of religious awakening known as the Réveil, and at age 18 he joined the Geneva Society for Alms … Continue reading
John Dunn (1938 – 2013) railway engineer, Bible teacher You could say that John Dunn had a two-track mind, or rather that his life ran on parallel rails according to design, because the two great passions of his life were … Continue reading
John Clifford Peel (1894 – 1918) aviator, visionary John Clifford Peel wrote to John Flynn advocating the use of aircraft to overcome the distance and isolation of the outback. John Clifford planned to become a medical missionary but was killed as … Continue reading
Reginald Moffatt Fulford (1892 – 1945) Australian outback worker Reginald Fulford was a council member of the Royal Flying Doctor Service. He was a representative of Bush Church Aid Society. “A real friend” who would “do anything for anybody” and … Continue reading
Fellowship of First Fleeters The Fellowship is an organisation composed of descendants of those who arrived in Sydney Cove with the First Fleet on 26 January 1788.
Wesley Mission Wesley Mission has its origins in the first Methodist Church established in Sydney in 1812. Wesley Mission has a real mission – to minister to a community with real needs. Our community includes the vulnerable and marginalised. It includes … Continue reading
Francis Xavier Gsell (1872–1960) autobiographer, missionary, bishop Gsell lived and worked on Bathurst Island. He understood Aboriginal life, spiritual values and rituals and sought the people’s advancement; at this time even some anthropologists believed that they would become extinct.