Tony Abbott

¨Tony Abbott (1957 – ) Former Prime Minister
tony abbott“Our Gospels are the most wonderful documents ever written because they are so incredibly full of life, vitality and love, Jesus did not come to skulk. Jesus came that we should have life and have it to the full”.

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Robert Howe

Robert Howe (1795 – 1829) Australia’s first newspaper publisher
Robert Howe, considered that to be ‘Printer to Immanuel’ was far more important than being government printer, so morality and religion became two of the main themes of the publication.

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George Pell

George Pell (1941 – ) Cardinal
“I hold no ill will toward my accuser, I do not want my acquittal to add to the hurt and bitterness so many feel; there is certainly hurt and bitterness enough. However my trial was not a referendum on the Catholic Church; nor a referendum on how church authorities in Australia dealt with the crime of paedophilia in the church. The point was whether I had committed these awful crimes, and I did not”.

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Shirley Coleen Smith (Mum Shirl)

Shirley Coleen Smith (Mum Shirl) (1921 – 1998) social worker and humanitarian activist
Better known as Mum Shirl, was a prominent Wiradjuri woman, social worker and humanitarian activist committed to justice and welfare of Aboriginal Australians. She was a founding member of the Aboriginal Legal Service, the Aboriginal Medical Service, the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, the Aboriginal Children’s Service and the Aboriginal Housing Company in Redfern.

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David Garland

David Garland (1864 – 1934) the architect of ANZAC day
Garland was given the difficult task of creating the format for a service that would be acceptable to the various religious, military, government, business and community groups. He carefully selected hymns, odes and poems that would be acceptable to the wide variety of parties and included the minute’s silence.

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Leslie Nixon

Leslie Nixon (1932 – 2019) Founder of Outback Patrol
Outback Patrol has more than 100 skilled dedicated volunteers in Australia, laypeople and pastor, all around the nation. These people dedicate a week or two of their annual holidays to go to remote, forgotten and disadvantaged townships too small for a Church—to big to overlook and reach the people for Jesus Christ.
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Scott Morrison

Scott Morrison (1968 – ) Prime Minister
Morrison was raised in the Presbyterian Church of Australia, which partly merged into the Uniting Church when he was a child. He later became a Pentecostal, and now attends the Horizon Church, which is affiliated with the Australian Christian Churches and the Assemblies of God.

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Henry Hopkins

Henry Hopkins (1787 – 1870) merchant and philanthropist
The one thing this shrewd little man deemed more important than money, success or worldly goods was his religion. Brought up in an era of religious revival and missionary activity when the great missionary and philanthropic societies were being founded in England, Hopkins had a strong personal faith and that missionary spirit which impels the believer ‘to go into all the world and preach the gospel’, or in his case, to supply funds for spreading the Word.

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John Gore

John Gore (1846 – 1931) Salvation Army officer
On 3 September 1867 John Gore was converted at a Christian mission conducted by ‘General’ William Booth. For two years he helped Booth in the mission which in 1878 became known as the Salvation Army. In 1870 Gore married Sarah Simpson and in April 1878 they arrived with three children at Adelaide in the Clyde.

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Mary Glowrey

Mary Glowrey (1887 – 1957) Catholic religious sister and medical practitioner
In 1911, Mary Glowery became the first medical woman to be appointed as a resident in a New Zealand hospital, at Christchurch. On her return she, like several of the other early women doctors worked to improve the health and welfare of Victorian women and children, while maintaining positions at the Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, St Vincent’s Hospital and setting up a private practice in Collins Street, Melbourne.

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