The list of Influential Australian Christians

Gertrude Abbott (1846 – 1934) founder of a hospital for women
George Allen (1824 – 1885) solicitor, politician and philanthropist
Thomas Arndell (1753 – 1821) farmer, magistrate, surgeon
William Arnott (1827 – 1901) biscuit manufacturer
George Arthur (1784 – 1854) soldier, colonial administrator
James Balfour (1830 – 1913) politician, general merchant, Presbyterian lay leader
Joseph Banks (1743 – 1820) naturalist, botanist
Louis Bandt (1910 – 1987) vehicle manufacturer
John Barber (1873 – 1958) Presbyterian minister
Richard Bardon (1886 – 1969) minister, community worker
Frederic Barker (1808 – 1882) Anglican bishop of Sydney
Mary Barlow (1865 – 1934) charity worker and women’s leader
Sir Samuel Barraclough (1871 – 1958) mechanical engineer
Caleb Barry (1888 – 1915) bank manager
John Batman (1801 – 1839) pioneer of Melbourne
Kim Beazley Sr (1917 – 2007) Federal Labor politician
Agnes Bennett (1872 – 1960) medical practitioner, army officer, flying doctor
Irving Benson (1897 – 1980) Methodist clergyman and journalist
Anne Daly (Mother M. Berchmans) (1860 – 1924) founder of hospitals
John Billings (1918 – 2007) neurologist, fertility educator
Evelyn Billings (1918 – 2013) physician
Joh Bjelke-Petersen (1911 – 2005) Premier
Edmund Blacket (1817 – 1883) architect
John Blacket (1856 – 1935) Methodist minister
Thomas Blackwell (1928 – 1968) Methodist missionary
John Blundstone (1831 – 1895) bootmaker
Ann Bon (1838 – 1936) benefactor, manager, indigenous rights activist
Neville Bonner (1922 – 1999) first indigenous Australian politician
Herbert Booth (1862 – 1926) Salvationist
Frank Boreham (1871 – 1959) preacher and writer
Sir Richard Bourke (1777 – 1855) governor
Diamantina Bowen (1833 – 1893) governor’s wife
Lionel Bowen (1922 – 2012) deputy prime minister
Thomas Bowden (1778 – 1834) schoolmaster, Methodist pioneer
Francis Boyce (1844 – 1931) Anglican clergyman
John Bradfield (1867 – 1943) civil engineer
Patricia Brennan (1944 – 2011) doctor, missionary, Anglican women’s leader
Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane (1773 – 1860) NSW governor
William Broughton (1788 – 1853) Church of England bishop
Albert Bruntnell (1866 – 1929) Salvation Army officer, auctioneer and politician
Ernest Burgmann (1885 – 1967) educator, social activist and bishop
M A Butler (1939 – 2003) teacher, author
William Cain (1831 – 1914) company director, politician
William Calder (1860 – 1928) engineer
Arthur Calwell (1896 – 1973) politician
Robert Campbell (1769 – 1846) merchant, pastoralist, politician and philanthropist
William Cape (1806 – 1863) school master
Florence Cardell-Oliver (1876 – 1965) politician
James Carlton (1909 – 1951) athletics coach, Catholic priest, Olympian
Robert Cartwright (1771 – 1856) Church of England clergyman
Fredrick Cato (1858 – 1935) grocer and philanthropist
Henry Challinor (1814 – 1882) medical practitioner
Caroline Chisholm (1808 – 1877) philanthropist
William Branwhite Clarke (1798 – 1878) geologist and Anglican clergyman
Sir George James Coles (1885 – 1977) businessman and philanthropist
Philip Conolly (1786 – 1839) Roman Catholic chaplain
James Cook (1728 – 1779) explorer, navigator, cartographer, captain
Joseph Cook (1860 – 1947) Prime Minister
William Cooper (1861 – 1941) aboriginal leader
William Coughlan (1902 – 1979) Anglican clergyman and social reformer
Edith Cowan (1861 – 1932) social worker and politician
William Cowper (1778 – 1858) archdeacon
Rev. Thomas Crawford (1875 – 1976) Presbyterian minister, politician and barrister
Frank Crean (1916 – 2008) federal treasurer, deputy prime minister
Thomas Cribb (1845 – 1913) businessman, politician
Michael Curran (1859 – 1928) priest and geologist
John Curtis ( – ) go-kart champion, community worker
William Dampier (1651 – 1715) explorer
Sir Aaron Danks (1861 – 1928) medical, health and welfare provider
Eliza Darling (1798 – 1868) philanthropic Anglican
Henry Davies (1890 – 1922) educator, missionary
Peter Dawson (1882 – 1961) singer
Alfred Deakin (1856 – 1919) barrister, journalist and prime minister
Pedro Fernández de Quirós (1565 – 1614) Portuguese navigator and explorer
Freda Dixon (1908 – 2001) Canberra region pioneer
James Dixon (1758 – 1840) Catholic priest, convict (political)
Cecilia Downing (1858 – 1952) community worker, housewives’ advocate
Jim Downing (1926 – 2009) theologian, social worker
Daniel Draper (1810 – 1866) minister, church builder
Thomas Druitt (1817 – 1891) school principal, Anglican clergyman
Charles Duguid (1884 – 1986) medical practitioner, Presbyterian moderator
William Duncan (1811 – 1885) journalist and public servant
Mary Duncombe (1899 – 1980) Sister of Mercy
Sir Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop (1907 – 1993) doctor and prisoner of war
John Dunn (1938 – 2013) railway engineer, Bible teacher
Edward Eager (1787 – 1866) lawyer and merchant
Alexander Edgar (1850 – 1914) Methodist minister and social reformer
Edward John Eyre (1815 – 1901) explorer
John Fairfax (1805 – 1877) newspaper proprietor, philanthropist
John Pascoe Fawkner (1792 – 1869) pioneer, businessman, politician
Bill Ferguson (1882 – 1950) aboriginal leader
John Ferguson (1852 – 1925) Presbyterian minister
Andrew Fisher (1862 – 1928) prime minister
Sir James Hurtle Fisher (1790 – 1875) lawyer, pioneer, mayor, politician
Johann Flierl (1858 – 1947) missionary
Matthew Flinders (1774 – 1814) explorer
John Flynn (1880 – 1951) Presbyterian minister
John Flynn’s associates Australian outback workers
Edwin Fowles (1871 – 1945) barrister, politician
Charles Francis (1924 – 2009) barrister, politician and pro-life advocate
James Freeman (1907 – 1977) Catholic Archbishop of Sydney
Phyllis Frost (1917 – 2004) welfare worker, philanthropist
Reginald Fulford (1892 – 1945) Australian outback worker
John Furphy (1842 – 1920) farming machinery manufacturer, inventor, lay preacher
Thomas Gainford (1823 – 1884) Congregational minister and social reformer
John Gardiner (1798 – 1878) Victorian pioneer
Robert Garran (1867 – 1957) barrister, public service head
Jacob Garrard (1846 – 1931) trade unionist and politician
Gladys Ruth Gibson (1901 – 1972) educationist and women’s leader
Sir Norman Thomas Gilroy (1896 – 1977) Catholic cardinal
Sir George Gipps (1791 – 1847) soldier and governor
John Gleadow (1801 – 1881) lawyer, politician
Patrick Glynn (1855 – 1931) barrister and politician
Rev. Joseph Goble (1863 – 1932) Baptist pastor
Vida Goldstein (1869 – 1949) feminist and suffragist
John Goodlet (1835 – 1914) Presbyterian philanthropist, timber merchant, manufacturer
James Goold (1812 – 1886) Catholic archbishop
Alexander Gordon (1815 – 1903) barrister
John Green ( – ) supporter of Australian aboriginals
Francis Xavier Gsell (1872–1960) autobiographer, missionary, bishop
Arthur Gullidge (1909 – 1942) Salvationist musician and soldier
Edward Hall (1786 – 1860) banker, newspaper editor and grazier
George Vincent Hall (1915 – 2009) cardiologist
Edward Halsey ( – ) Adventist baker
Robert Hammond (1870 – 1946) Anglican clergyman, social reformer
Patrick ‘Paddy’ Hannan (1840 – 1925) prospector
Coledge Harland (1884 – 1963) patrol padre, Australian Inland Mission
Brian Harradine (1935 – 2014) politician
Hector Harrison (1902 – 1978) army chaplain, Presbyterian minister
Thomas Hassall (1794 – 1868) Anglican clergyman
Clem Hawke (1897 – 1989) South Australian Congregational minister
David Hay (1916 – 2009) administrator, diplomat, public servant
Ethel Helyar (1913 – 2005) Methodist bush nurse
William Henderson (1826 – 1884) minister
Frederick Heriot (1884 – 1956) Cloncurry minister
Charles Herschell (1877 – 1962 ) film maker, president Aerial Medical Services
Louis Heydon (1848 -1918) solicitor, parliamentarian
Abel Hoadley (1844 – 1918) confectionery manufacturer
Albert Holden (1866 – 1935) Methodist minister
Henry Holden (1859 – 1926) saddler, motor-body manufacturer
Sir Frederick Holder (1850 – 1909) parliamentarian and journalist
Thomas Holt (1811 – 1888) wool merchant, financier and politician
John Dunbar Hooper (1860 – 1934) physician, supporter of the flying doctor
Sir Claude Hotchin (1898 – 1977) businessman and art benefactor
John Hughes (1825 – 1885) grocer, property developer and Catholic benefactor
Francis Hulme-Moir (1910 – 1979) Anglican clergyman, AMF chaplain general
Hamilton Hume (1797 – 1873) explorer
John Hunter (1863 – 1940) businessman and politician
Kenneth Jamieson (1925 – 1976) neurosurgeon
John Jessop (1892 – 1968) chairman of the Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works
Boak Jobbins (1947 – 2012) preacher, author, builder
Mary Johnson (1752 – 1831) wife of Richard Johnson, first chaplain of NSW
Richard Johnson (1753 – 1827) Church of England clergyman
David Jones (1793 – 1873) general merchant, councillor, politician
Fletcher Jones (1895 – 1977) businessman
Inigo Jones (1872–1954) long-range weather forecaster
Sir Philip Jones (1836 – 1918) Congregational deacon, surgeon
George Judkins (1871 – 1958) Methodist reformer
William Judkins (1869 – 1912) Methodist reformer
William John (Jack) Jungwirth (1897 – 1981) public servant
Maria Kirk (1855 – 1928) temperance advocate and social reformer
Alfred Kellaway (1857 – 1930) clergyman
Charles Kemp (1813 – 1864 ) sketcher, amateur photographer, teacher and clergyman
Sydney Kirkby (1879 – 1935) missioner Bush Church Aid Society
Gertrude Kumm (1886 – 1966) churchwoman and philanthropist
Serena Lake (1842 – 1902) evangelist and suffragist
Peter Lalor (1827 – 1889) gold miner and politician
John Lang (1799 – 1878) Presbyterian clergyman, politician and educationist
Charles La Trobe (1801 – 1875) superintendent and lieutenant-governor
Harry Lawson (1875 – 1952) premier of Victoria
William Lawson (1774 – 1850) explorer and pastoralist
John Lawton (1878 – 1944 ) Presbyterian clergyman, educationist and social reformer
Mary Lee (1821 – 1909) suffragist
Walter Lee (1874–1963) preacher, farmer and premier
Ludwig Leichhardt (1813 – 1848) explorer, naturalist
Moy Ling ( – 1911) Chinese Methodist Missionary
Jimmy Little (1937 – 2012) musician, singer, songwriter
Frank Little (1925 – 2008) Catholic archbishop
Jessie Lloyd (1883 – 1960) temperance campaigner
James Love (1889 – 1947) clergyman and missionary
Dame Enid Lyons (1897 – 1981 ) first woman elected to the House of Representatives
Elizabeth Macarthur (1766 – 1850) grazier
Sir Samuel McCaughey (1835 – 1919) pastoralist and philanthropist
James McColl (1844 – 1929) Senator
Mary McConnel (1824 – ) founder of Brisbane children’s hospital
Irene McCormack (1938 – 1991) worker for the poor
Peter Dodds McCormick (1834 – 1916) schoolteacher and songwriter
John McEncroe (1794 – 1868) Catholic priest, educationist, newspaper editor
Samuel MacFarlane (1837 – 1911) missionary
Jim McGowen (1855 – 1922 ) first Labour Party Premier of New South Wales
Donald Mackay (1933 – 1977) furniture store proprietor
Fred McKay (1915 – 2000) air force chaplain, John Flynn’s successor
Hugh Victor (HV) McKay (1865 – 1926) manufacturer
William McKenzie (1869 – 1947) Salvation Army officer and military chaplain
Flora MacKillop (1816 – 1886) mother of Mary MacKillop
Mary MacKillop (1842 – 1909) Catholic religious sister
Lauchlan Mackinnon (1848 – 1925) newspaper proprietor and manager
Margaret McLean (1845 – 1923) temperance advocate and feminist
Sir William McPherson (1865 – 1932) businessman, premier and philanthropist
Elizabeth Macquarie (1778 – 1835) NSW governor’s wife
Major-General Lachlan Macquarie (1762 – 1824) NSW governor
Neil McQueen (1889 – 1967) headmaster, scientist, general practitioner
Daniel Mannix (1864 – 1963) Catholic archbishop
John Marden (1855 – 1924) headmaster, pioneer of women’s education
Samuel Marsden (1765 – 1838) chaplain, missionary and farmer
John Mathew (1849 – 1929) Presbyterian minister, anthropologist
John Maund (1823 – 1858) doctor, women’s hospital founder
Arthur Meehan (1890 – 1955) orthopaedic surgeon
John Meiklejohn (1911 – 1914) moderator Presbyterian Church
James Mein (1761 – 1827) benefactor, farmer, Presbyterian lay leader
James Menzies (1862 – 1945) politician, father of Robert Menzies
Robert Menzies (1894 – 1978) prime minister
David Mitchell (1829 – 1916) builder, contractor and businessman
Dame Roma Mitchell (1913 – 2000) lawyer, judge and SA governor
Georgiana Molloy (1805 – 1843) amateur botanist
Henry Montgomery (1847 – 1932) Tasmanian bishop, father of Field Marshal Montgomery
Leon Morris (1914 – 2006) conservative biblical scholar and prolific author
Howard Mowll (1890 – 1958) Anglican Archbishop of Sydney
Thomas Muir (1765 – 1799) lawyer, convict, minister
Elisabeth Murdoch (1909 – 2012) family matriarch, philanthropist
William Naden ( – 1959) Aboriginal pastor and leader
Albert Namatjira (1902 – 1959) artist
Robert Nettlefold (1877 – 1946) businessman, company director
Pastor Sir Douglas Nicholls (1906 – 1988) pastor, athlete, footballer, governor
Elizabeth Nicholls (1850 – 1943) social reformer
Francis Nixon (1803 – 1879) Church of England bishop
Peter Norman (1942 – 2006 ) Olympic athlete
Maude O’Connell (1884 – 1965) trade unionist and religious Sister
James Oddie (1824 – 1911) banker, benefactor, goldminer, councillor
Kevin O’Doherty (1823 – 1905) convict, doctor, politician
Tom O’Donnell (1923 – 2010) professor of inorganic chemistry
Jeremiah Francis O’Flynn (1788 – 1831) Catholic priest
Anthony Ogden (1866 – 1943) unionist, politician and mayor
Charles O’Neill (1828–1900) civil engineer, Catholic lay leader, charity worker
Francis Ormond (1829 – 1889) grazier and philanthropist
Joseph Orton (1795 – 1842) Wesleyan Methodist missionary
John Oxley (1784 – 1828) explorer, magistrate, politician, surveyor-general
Edward Parker (1802 – 1865) assistant protector of Aboriginals and Methodist preacher
Henry Parkes (1815 – 1896) premier, ‘father of federation’
Isabella Parry ( – ) devout evangelical Christian
Kingsley ‘Skipper’ Partridge (1892 – 1976) patrol padre, outback worker
Henry Payne (1871 – 1945) engineer and educationist
John Clifford Peel (1894 – 1918) aviator, visionary
Charles Perry (1807 – 1891) Anglican archbishop
Francis Perry (1814 – 1892) community worker
Arthur Phillip (1738 – 1814) admiral and governor
Neil Pickard (1929 – 2007) minister in NSW government
Edward Pigot (1858 – 1929) Jesuit priest, astronomer and seismologist
Thomas Playford (1795 – 1873) soldier and pastor
Robert Bruce Plowman (1886 – 1966) patrol padre, author
John Plunkett (1802 – 1869) NSW attorney-general
John Polding (1794 – 1877) Catholic archbishop
Una Porter (1900 – 1996) psychiatrist, philanthropist
Tom Price (1852 – 1909) premier
Gustav Rechner (1830 – 1900) Lutheran pastor
Henry Reed (1806 – 1880) landowner, shipowner, merchant and philanthropist
Mary Reibey (1777 – 1855) businesswoman and trader
Thomas Rentoul (1882 – 1945) Methodist clergyman
Johannes Georg Reuther (1861 – 1914) missionary, translator
John Ridley (1806 – 1887) miller, inventor and preacher
John G Ridley (1896 – 1976) the man behind Mr Eternity (Arthur Stace)
William Ridley (1819 – 1878) Presbyterian minister
Frank Roberts (1899 – 1968) pastor
Rev. William Robson (1843 – 1920) Methodist minister, accountant and politician
Sir Arthur Rutledge (1843 – 1917) preacher, barrister, politician and judge
William Rutledge (1849 – 1921) Methodist minister
Rosendo Salvado (1814 – 1900) missionary, bishop, author
B. A. Santamaria (1915 – 1998) Catholic political activist
Hermann Sasse (1895 – 1976) Lutheran theologian, author
Dr. Fred Schwarz (1913 – 2009) director of the Christian Anti-Communism Crusade
Georg Schwarz (1868 – 1959) Lutheran missionary
Thomas Scott (1783 – 1860) minister, benefactor, landowner
James Scullin (1876 – 1953) Prime Minister
Lance Shilton ( – 1998) founder of a Community Standards Organisation
William Shoobridge (1846 – 1940) scientist, politician, exporter
Royston Siddons (1899 – 1976) manufacturer
George Simpson (1899 – 1960) obstetrician and gynaecologist
John Simpson Kirkpatrick (1892 – 1915), soldier, ‘the man with the donkey’
John Singleton (1808 – 1891) physician and philanthropist
Rev. George Smailes (1862 – ) minister and Member of NSW Legislative Assembly
Sir Bruce Small (1895 – 1980) bicycle manufacturer, land developer and politician
J Atcheson Spalding ( – 1970) Flying doctor
Catherine Spence (1825 – 1910) writer, preacher, reformer and feminist
William Guthrie Spence (1846 – 1926) trade unionist and politician
Arthur Stace (1884 – 1967) Mr Eternity
Graham Staines (1941 – 1999) Australian missionary
William Stawell (1815 – 1889) statesman, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
Robert Steel (1827 – 1893) Presbyterian minister
James Stobie (1895 – 1953) engineer and inventor
Quinton Stow Smith (1864 – 1963) president Baptist Union
Thomas Stow (1801 – 1862) Congregational minister
Charles Strong (1844 – 1942) minister, social reformer, magazine editor
John McDouall Stuart (1815 – 1866) explorer
Captain Charles Sturt (1795 – 1869) explorer, soldier and public servant
Carl Strehlow (1871 – 1922) missionary
Sulina Sutherland (1839 – 1909) nurse and child welfare worker
John Symons (1820 – 1894) clergyman
Thomas Taber (1763 – 1842) schoolmaster
Albert Talbot (1877 – 1936) Anglican clergyman
George Taplin (1831 – 1879) missionary and teacher
Abel Tasman (1603 – 1659) Dutch navigator and explorer
John Taylor ( – 1993) Catholic teacher, principal and administrator
John Tebbutt (1834 – 1916) astronomer
Julian Tenison-Woods (1832 – 1889) Catholic priest, educationist, scientist
John Therry (1790 – 1864) Catholic priest
William Abednego Thompson (1811 – 1880) boxer, preacher
Lancelot Threlkeld (1788 – 1859) missionary and Congregational minister
William Torr (1853 – 1939) headmaster
Alfred Traeger (1895 – 1980) inventor of the pedal radio
Ian Travers-Ball (Brother Andrew) (1928 – 2000) Worker with Mother Teresa
Edward Trickett (1851 – 1916) sculler
George Tulloch (1878 – 1946) missionary, administrator, chaplain
Syd Tutton (1937 – 2010) champion of the poor and marginalized
William Bernard Ullathorne (1806 – 1889) Catholic priest, commentator, pamphleteer
David Unaipon (1872 – 1967) preacher, author and inventor
James Unaipon (1835 – 1907) Aboriginal leader
Thomas Upton (1889 – 1956) civil engineer and public servant
John Verran (1856 – 1932) miner, premier
Hermann Vogelsang (1832 – 1913) Lutheran missionary
Rev Dr Sir Alan Walker (1911 – 2003) Methodist minister, founder of Lifeline
Elizabeth Ward (1842 – 1908) worker
William Wardell (1823 – 1899) architect and civil servant
Charles Watson (1877 – 1962) administrator, Seventh Day Adventist pastor
Sir Samuel Way (1836 – 1916) chief justice and lieutenant-governor
Kenyon St. Vincent Welch (1884 – 1942) first ‘flying’ doctor
John West (1809 – 1873) Congregational minister, author, newspaper editor
Harry Whitlam (1884 – 1961) Commonwealth crown solicitor
Ellen Whitty (1819 – 1892) Catholic social worker
Marjorie Wilkinson (1920 – ) Methodist bush nurse
Ronnie Williams (1940 – 2003) aboriginal pastor
John Wilson (1938 – 2011) pastor, theologian, teacher, author
Norah Wilson (1901 – 1971) aboriginal community leader
Harry Winbush (1903 – 1990) architect
Harry Windsor (1914 – 1987) cardiac surgeon
John Wollaston (1791 – 1856) minister
Harold Woodruff (1877 – 1966) veterinary pathologist, bacteriologist
Ernest Woollacott (1888 – 1977) Methodist minister
Florence Young (1856 – 1940) missionary

Further listings of Influential Australian Christians

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14 Responses to The list of Influential Australian Christians

  1. The Revd J.R.Bunyan says:

    I should add Samuel Angus, Presbyterian minister and scholar, who, though condemned by some as a heretic, wrote readable works that would still express the faith of many.

    [Samuel Angus: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Angus]

  2. The Revd J.R.Bunyan says:

    Ernest was Bishop Burgmann’s first Christian name.
    (Bjelke Petersen would certainly not get my vote – but thank you for a very helpful list.)

  3. Jim Dayhew says:

    Hi,

    I think you should add Brian Booth. Brian was a dual international, playing hockey in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics and cricket from 1961-66, including two tests as captain. During his career he was known for his fine sportsmanship and Christian witness. He also received an MBE for service to youth and community services for his work in teaching, coaching and volunteer advisory roles. Brian worked in education as a school teacher and teachers college senior lecturer. During his semi-retirement he was employed by two Christian ministries. His association with sport continues, as one of the elders of the St Geroge District Cricket Club in Sydney with whom he has been associated for almost 60 years. Brian has been a prolific Christian speaker and has authored 3 books and other articles.

    Jim

    EDITOR NOTE
    Yes Brian Booth is obviously an influential Australian Christian. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Booth
    However as with the Australian Dictionary of Biography http://adb.anu.edu.au/ the Tribute to Influential Australian Christians list does not include living persons.

  4. My father S Preston Walker went to school with Frank Crean in Hamilton Victoria.

  5. G’day, Glad to see this up. Found you site today. Would like to collaborate- possibly use excerpts of your material for ‘Christians Of The Australian Clay’ which I conceive of as a ‘Calendar of Australian Saints’ tot be a book of inspiring portraits- one for each day of the year.
    Wayne

  6. sam says:

    Thank you for adding Frank Crean to your website.
    Also :

    He helped start the parliamentary Christian fellowship.

    http://crosslight.org.au/2009/02/04/frank-crean-%E2%80%93-man-of-hope-and-passion/

    Crean was a Presbyterian elder and former Sunday school teacher who disliked bad language, and even when he was treasurer did the family grocery shopping, was reliable, decent and hardworking.

    http://news.theage.com.au/national/former-whitlam-minister-frank-crean-dies-20081202-6pnc.html

    Interesting
    Eulogy to my father Frank Crean in Parliament
    Simon Crean

    http://www.trademinister.gov.au/speeches/2008/081204_eulogy.html

  7. brian henderson says:

    Could William Henderson be included in your list ? http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/biogs/A040428b.htm

  8. Sam says:

    How about Frank Crean ?
    Frank was the third child in a family of five. They were devout Presbyterians and for most of his life Crean remained a superintendant of Presbyterian Sunday schools. Crean was a founding member of the inter-party federal parliamentary Christian fellowship.

    http://www.smh.com.au/news/obituaries/bookish-and-labor-to-his-bootstraps/2008/12/03/1228257136542.html

    and

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/obituary-former-treasurer-frank-crean/story-e6frg6nf-1111118204616

  9. Peter Robinson says:

    Archbishop Howard Mowll of Sydney was one of the giants of faith and Christian leadership in Australia in the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s, not least in heading up the interdenominational efforts that brought Billy Graham here in 1959, the year after he died.

  10. Sam says:

    Could I suggest Henry Payne and Thomas Upton. They were both strong Christians and as Civil Engineers were involved in the planning and construction of physical infrastructure in Sydney and Melbourne. Upton worked with William Calder, who is listed above.

    Sam

  11. Karen Bos says:

    This is a wonderful initiative. It is imperative to acknowledge the profound influence Christian men and women have had on the quality of life, political freedom and social justice this nation has to offer. In the interests of intellectual honesty and the perpetuation of values which have contributed so much to our nation, this should be included in the history curriculum.

    I strongly recommend that you include amongst influential Australian Christians the name of NEVILLE THOMAS BONNER, Australia’s first Aboriginal Senator, Order of Australia, Australian of the year. Neville was a close personal friend for over 30 years and I know his faith was strong. His desire to serve the Lord, his nation and his people (in that order) motivated him to rise above great disadvantage to serve with distinction in the Federal Parliament. He believed that his election to high office from extremely humble beginnings was due to the call of God on his life.

  12. Karl Faase says:

    I think you should consider including Edward (Ned) Trickett in the list. He was Australias first sporting world champion of any sport (sculling world champion won on in London in 1870’s). Became a Christian later in life listening to OAC preacher E.P. Fields. Great story, I have done a number of peices on this and the story is included as one of the first chapters of Peter Fitzsimons book, “Everyone and Phar Lap”, a book about Australias sporting world champions.

    I think he is worth including – Karl

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