Kingsley ‘Skipper’ Partridge (1892 – 1976) patrol padre, outback worker
“The Inlanders” a documentary made in 1949 by John Kingsford Smith for the Australian Inland Mission, follows patrolling minister Reverend KF ‘Skipper’ Partridge on his 8,690 kilometre journey into Australia’s remote communities to tend to the physical, spiritual and intellectual needs of the people.
The Rev K F Partridge, Master of Arts and Minister of the Presbyterian Church, “Skipper” to the bush folk. Skipper Partridge would become the Inland Mission’s most famous Patrol Padre when the film The Inlanders screened around Australia and Britain in the late 1940s.
The Inlanders a documentary made in 1949 by John Kingsford Smith for the Australian Inland Mission, follows patrolling minister Reverend KF ‘Skipper’ Partridge on his 8,690 kilometre journey into Australia’s remote communities to tend to the physical, spiritual and intellectual needs of the people.
The Inlander was also the name of a quarterly magazine, first issued in December 1913, published by the Presbyterian Home Mission Board; many issues were edited personally by John Flynn.
In 1978 the ashes of Rev. Kingsley ‘Skipper’ Partridge were buried under a gum-tree at the home. ‘Skipper’, a Presbyterian Patrol Padre with the AIM, operated in the Central Sector from 1917-1919 and from 1931-1952. he died at Victor Harbor in 1976 aged 84. ‘Skipper Partridge was a great friend and admirer of Flynn, and conducted the memorial service for him in 1951. The service was broadcast to outback stations throughout Australia over the Flying Doctor Radio Network.
At John Flynn’s funeral, patrol padre Rev Kingsley Partridge said: “He is not dead. His work abides, his memory is forever eloquent, for across the lonely places of the land he planted kindness and from the hearts of those who call those places home, he gathered love.”
also Partridge, Kingsley (1892-1976)
John Flynn (1880 – 1951) Presbyterian minister
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