James Stobie (1895 – 1953) engineer and inventor
James Stobie – a staunch Methodist – designed the Stobie pole which continues to be regarded with affection by many South Australians who consider it part of their heritage.
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Joseph Orton (1795 – 1842) Wesleyan Methodist missionary
In his book, The Illustrated History of Methodism, Colwell says “It is cause for constant regret that justice has not been done to this good man’s memory; and that the great work he did for Methodism has never been set before the public. This should be done, if for no other reason than that the Methodists of today may know in some measure, if not in full, what the pioneer missionaries endured.
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Hugh Victor (HV) McKay (1865 – 1926) manufacturer
Hugh Victor (HV) McKay, inventor and manufacturer of the Sunshine Harvester was ahead of his time in looking after the needs of his workers. He instigated a system of pensions and retirement plans, a sick-pay and accident fund, generous holiday leave, and a personal loan scheme.
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Major-General Lachlan Macquarie (1762-1824) governor
Macquarie was a conservative disciplinarian who believed, in the words of the historian Manning Clark, that the Protestant religion and British institutions were indispensable both for liberty and for a high material civilisation. Macquarie made it clear that he had a vision for Australia’s future. He ordered the construction of roads, bridges, wharves, churches and public buildings.
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John Barber (1873 – 1958) Presbyterian minister
In November 1909 John Barber was joined by John Flynn as an assistant to the shearers’ mission which Barber had founded. The two shared an interest in the inland and Barber helped Flynn to write his Bushman’s Companion. When Flynn, now with the Australian Inland Mission, began his campaign for a wireless service and flying doctor scheme, Barber took up the cause.
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Gertrude Abbott (1846 – 1934) founder of a hospital for women
In 1894 Gertrude Abbott opened St Margaret’s Maternity Home at 561 Elizabeth Street, in the area known as Strawberry Hills. As president of the managing committee, later matron, Mrs Abbott ran the home for the next forty years. In the year 1934, 760 patients were treated and 619 births registered without any maternal deaths. It was the third largest obstetric hospital in Sydney.
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William Arnott (1827 – 1901) biscuit manufacturer
William Arnott’s success was founded on hard work, integrity and insistence on quality. He was a sincere Christian noted for his lovable and kindly nature. He and his wife were active in philanthropic work and the Wesleyan Church. He was elected a trustee of the church in Maitland; in Newcastle he was connected with the Sunday school for twenty-four years, in twenty of which he was superintendent.
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