¨Tony Abbott (1957 – ) Former Prime Minister
“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 (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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Xiaokai Yang (1948 – 2004) Eminent theorist in economic analysis
Xiaokai Yang was a Chinese-Australian economist. He was one of the world’s pre-eminent theorists in economic analysis, and an influential campaigner for democracy in China. In Australia, Yang converted to Christianity and made it public, becoming a member of the Anglican Church.
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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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Rodney Rivers is a Bible translator for the Kriol speaking people of Northern Australia and is highly regarded in the church and society in Australia. He speaks a warning to Australia that also speaks to many other nations about the rise of false religions.
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Nick Vujicic (1982 – ) motivational speaker
If God can use a man without arms and legs to be His hands and feet, then He will certainly use any willing heart!
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Howard Quinlan (1931 – 2019) transport and freight specialist
Dr Howard Quinlan, with an initial background in geography, was a passionate advocate for Australian rail and for freight transport. He was a committed Anglican.
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Tim Fischer (1946 – 2019) former Australian Deputy Prime Minister
Mr Fischer was transparent about what had supported and strengthened him throughout his career and pointed to his Judeo-Christian background as a constant source of inspiration in his decision making.
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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 (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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Alexander Elder (1815 – 1885) businessman, pastoralist, benefactor
Alexander Elder founded the well-known mercantile firm of Elders Limited, later Elder, Smith & Co., of Adelaide.
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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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James Japanma “Jibanyama” (1902-1962) aboriginal leader and evangelist
In 1941 James Japanma was able to engage in itinerant evangelism at the cattle stations surrounding Roper River Mission. He was an avid reader and could recite huge slabs of the Bible by heart.
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Tim Costello (1955 – ) Chief Advocate of World Vision Australia
Tim Costello continues to place social justice and global poverty on the national agenda. Serving as Chief Executive of World Vision Australia for the 13 years.
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John Howard (1939 – ) former Prime Minister
His faith certainly had an impact on his worldview and although he was quiet about it, it was an earnest faith and it certainly shaped his understanding.
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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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John Morgan (1909 – 2008) Australian Army, Chaplain General
The Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn, Mark Coleridge, said Morgan’s “courage and devotion to duty as a military chaplain were legendary, as was the depth of his Christian faith”.
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Israel Folau (1989 – ) Rugby player
While so many of our elites condemned Folau – as would be fully expected – a number of secular voices have rallied to his defence.
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Andrew Gillison (1868 – 1915 ) Gallipoli chaplain
In Australia he was remembered as “ever a true Christian, a true man, a true soldier and a true sportsman”. Captain Andrew Gillison was 47 years old.
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Thomas Bennett (1879 – 1960) Gallipoli padre
The Anzac legend is ruthlessly secular. If religious references appear at all, they are usually as profanity or the ritual presence of a chaplain burying the dead. But religion played an important part in the lives of many Anzacs
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Robert Reid (1842 – 1904) benefactor, politician
Robert Reid had a long connection with the Collins Street Baptist Church. He was chairman of the Baptist Union of Victoria and secretary of its theological college for many years.
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John Smith ( – 2019) founder of God’s Squad Christian Motorcycle Club
Rev. Dr John Smith was an international speaker, author and founder of God’s Squad Christian Motorcycle Club International, Concern Australia and St Martin’s Community Church in Melbourne.
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Peter and Jenny Stokes – Salt Shakers
Peter and Jenny Stikes started the ministry of Salt Shakers in Australia in 1994 after fighting against a gambling venue being established in their local shopping centre.
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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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George McCredie (1859 – 1903) NSW politician
The McCredie Memorial Church was erected to commemorate pioneer George McCredie who held the first Presbyterian service on his property in 1894.
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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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Catherine Hamlin (1924 – 2020) obstetrician, Fistula Hospital, Addis Ababa
Dr Catherine Hamlin trained as an Obstetrician / Gynaecologist at Crown St Women’s hospital in Sydney and together with her husband went to Ethiopia in 1959 to work there.
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David Hurley (1953 – ) Governor-General of Australia
The young officer had been drawn away from his upbringing in the Church of England by the temptations of Army life. But he found his mind being refocused when he began preparing to marry Linda, a committed Presbyterian.
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Anne Greene (1884 – 1965) missionary and nurse
On her arrival in 1929, Sister Anne Greene initially taught in the school at Broome, then at the mission at Beagle Bay (picture above) in Spartan conditions, offering health care, education and counselling. Patients included Aboriginal people suffering from Hansen’s bacillus (leprosy).
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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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