The list of Influential Australian Christians

Gertrude Abbott (1846 – 1934) founder of a hospital for women
George Allen (1824 – 1885) solicitor, politician and philanthropist
John Anderson ( 1956 – ) Former Deputy Prime Minister
George Edward Ardill (1857 – 1945) evangelist and social worker
Thomas Arndell (1753 – 1821) farmer, magistrate, surgeon
William Arnott (1827 – 1901) biscuit manufacturer
George Arthur (1784 – 1854) soldier, colonial administrator
Mike Baird (1968 – ) former NSW Premier
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
Thomas Bennett (1879 – 1960) Gallipoli padre
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
Brian Booth (1933 – ) cricketer
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
Eva Burrows (1929 – 2015) Salvation Army leader
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
Ross Clifford (1951 – ) Baptist theologian and political commentator
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
Margaret Court (1942 – ) tennis player
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
Ossie Cruse (1933 – ) Aboriginal leader
Michael Curran (1859 – 1928) priest and geologist
John Curtis ( – ) go-kart champion, community worker
Betty Cuthbert (1938 – 2017) Olympic athlete
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
James Duffecy (1912 – 1983) evangelist and author
Charles Duguid (1884 – 1986) medical practitioner, Presbyterian moderator
Ken Duncan ( 1954 – ) photographer
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
Ken and Jocelyn Elliott ( ) Burkina Faso doctors
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
Edward Field (1855 – 1928) barrister and founder of Open Air Campaigners
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
Israel Folau  (1989 – ) Rugby player
Andrew Forrest (1961 – ) mining magnate
Edwin Fowles (1871 – 1945) barrister, politician
Babette Francis ( 1930 – ) journalist, organiser and lobbyist
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
Bernard Gaynor ( – ) an advocate against political correctness
Gladys Ruth Gibson (1901 – 1972) educationist and women’s leader
Ted Gibson (1915 – 1991) Baptist pastor and theological educator
Alex Gilchrist (1907 – 1987) evangelical leader and broadcaster
Andrew Gillison (1868 – 1915 ) Gallipoli chaplain
Sir Norman Thomas Gilroy (1896 – 1977) Catholic cardinal
Sir George Gipps (1791 – 1847) soldier and governor
John Gleadow (1801 – 1881) lawyer, politician
Mary Glowrey (1887 – 1957) Catholic religious sister and medical practitioner
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 Gore (1846 – 1931) Salvation Army officer
Robert Gordon (1888 – 1971) Sydney evangelist
Billy Graham (1919 – 2018) preacher
John Green ( – ) supporter of Australian aboriginals
Anne Greene (1884 – 1965) missionary and nurse
Francis Xavier Gsell (1872–1960) autobiographer, missionary, bishop
Wallace Guilford (1896 – 1988) open air and children’s evangelist
Arthur Gullidge (1909 – 1942) Salvationist musician and soldier
Edward Hall (1786 – 1860) banker, newspaper editor and grazier
Mathew Hale (1811 – 1895) Anglican bishop
George Vincent Hall (1915 – 2009) cardiologist
Edward Halsey ( – ) Adventist baker
Catherine  Hamlin (1924 – ) obstetrician, Fistula Hospital, Addis Ababa
Robert Hammond (1870 – 1946) Anglican clergyman, social reformer
Patrick ‘Paddy’ Hannan (1840 – 1925) prospector
Coledge Harland (1884 – 1963) patrol padre, Australian Inland Mission
James Harold (1744 – 1830) Catholic priest
Brian Harradine (1935 – 2014) politician
Hector Harrison (1902 – 1978) army chaplain, Presbyterian minister
Pro Hart (1928 – 2006) painter
Thomas Hassall (1794 – 1868) Anglican clergyman
Clem Hawke (1897 – 1989) South Australian Congregational minister
David Hay (1916 – 2009) administrator, diplomat, public servant
Mary Healy (1865 – 1952) hospital administrator
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
Henry Hopkins (1787 – 1870) merchant and philanthropist
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
David Hurley (1953 – ) Governor-General-designate of Australia
Martyn Iles (1989 – ) Managing Director of the Australian Christian Lobby
Kenneth Jamieson (1925 – 1976) neurosurgeon
James Jauncey (1916 – 2008) evangelist, scientist, theological college principal
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
William Kennedy (1868 – 1929) pioneer WA Baptist
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
Marcus Loane (1911 – 2009) Archbishop of Sydney
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
George McCredie (1859 1903) NSW politician
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
Edward McGrath (1887 – 1977) army chaplain
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
John Morgan (1909 – 2008) Australian Army, Chaplain General
Leon Morris (1914 – 2006) conservative biblical scholar and prolific author
Howard Mowll (1890 – 1958) Anglican Archbishop of Sydney
Gordon Moyes (1938 – 2015) evangelist, broadcaster and politician
Bill Muehlenberg (1953 – ) writer, teacher, speaker, cultural commentator and activist
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
Fred Nile (1934 – ) Christian politician
Francis Nixon (1803 – 1879) Church of England bishop
Peter Norman (1942 – 2006 ) Olympic athlete
Maude O’Connell (1884 – 1965) trade unionist and religious Sister
Eileen O’Connor (1892 – 1928) co-founder of the Brown Nurses
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
Peter O’Neil (1757 – 1846) Roman Catholic priest
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
Nathaniel Pepper (1841 – 1877) aboriginal evangelist, teacher
Charles Perry (1807 – 1891) Anglican archbishop
Francis Perry (1814 – 1892) community worker
Arthur Phillip (1738 – 1814) admiral and governor
David and Roslyn Phillips (- ) heroes of faith
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
Robert Reid (1842 – 1904) benefactor, politician
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
Donald Robinson (1922 – 2018) Archbishop of Sydney
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
Andrew Scipione (1958 – ) former police commissioner
Thomas Scott (1783 – 1860) minister, benefactor, landowner
James Scullin (1876 – 1953) Prime Minister
Owen Shelley (1927 – 2014) evangelist and author
Lance Shilton (1921 – 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
Keith Skillicorn (1923 – 2018) hospital manager for people with leprosy
Rev. George Smailes (1862 – ) minister and Member of NSW Legislative Assembly
Sir Bruce Small (1895 – 1980) bicycle manufacturer, land developer and politician
John Smith ( – 2019) founder of God’s Squad Christian Motorcycle Club
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
Gerard Tucker (1885 – 1974) founder of the Brotherhood of St Laurence
George Tulloch (1878 – 1946) missionary, administrator, chaplain
Syd Tutton (1937 – 2010) champion of the poor and marginalized
Vernon Turner (1917 – 2006) introduced Christian Radio in Australia
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
Alfred Wheeler (1865 – 1949) Anglican minister and composer
Harry Whitlam (1884 – 1961) Commonwealth crown solicitor
Ellen Whitty (1819 – 1892) Catholic social worker
Marjorie Wilkinson (1920 – ) Methodist bush nurse
Ramon Williams (1931 – ) Christian publisher and photographer
Ronnie Williams (1940 – 2003) aboriginal pastor
Clifford Wilson (1923 – 2012) archaeologist, educator, psychologist, author
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

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  1. Hi there, I don’t think Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen should be listed, he was found to be very corrupt

  2. I think Dr Catherine Hamlin deserves to be on this list. She 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. They set up the “Fistula Hospital” in Addis Ababa to care for women with childbirth injuries. Catherine has continued the work following her husband’s death and has set up the Hamlin College of Midwifery. Catherine turned 95 on the 24th January 2019 and still resides in Ethiopia. Her biography is called “Hospital by the River”

  3. I strongly recommend that Bishop Donald Robinson, AO, TD (1922-2018) be included in your list of influential Australian Christians…..
    Archbishop of Sydney, Bishop Donald Robinson, AO, TD (1922-2018)
    One of the towering figures of Anglicanism in the 20th century and former Archbishop of Sydney Bishop Donald Robinson died at the age of 95 years on 7th September 2018.
    Donald William Bradley Robinson was born in Lithgow and educated at North Sydney Boys High School, Sydney Church of England Grammar School. He studied classics at Sydney University, graduating in 1946, and then theology at Queens College, Cambridge. He began his ordained ministry in 1950.
    Donald Robinson was a lecturer and Vice-Principal at Moore College, before becoming Bishop in Parramatta and later Archbishop of Sydney and Metropolitan of New South Wales.
    The first to pay tribute was the current Archbishop of Sydney, Glenn Davies, who described the contribution of Bishop Robinson as ‘immeasurable’.
    “We have lost a giant in the world of New Testament scholarship” Dr Davies said in a statement.
    “Bishop Robinson, who lectured at Moore Theological College for more than 30 years, influenced a generation of future ministers and scholars. His innovative approach to Biblical Theology is one of his many lasting legacies.
    While a scholar of great intellect, he was also a man of great humility and grace.” the Archbishop said.
    “His influence in the Anglican Communion was also highly significant and his becoming Bishop in Parramatta and subsequently Archbishop of Sydney for more than a decade gave opportunity for him to declare the glories of Christ through his commitment to the truths of God’s word, which was exemplified in his godly personal leadership.”
    The Principal of Moore College, Dr Mark Thompson, also paid tribute saying Bishop Robinson’s influence on the College and the Diocese ‘has been immense and it continues as strong as ever.’
    “He taught us how to read the Bible as a whole, to understand its big picture of ‘biblical theology’. His insights have been shared around the world thanks to Graeme Goldsworthy’s `Gospel and Kingdom` and Vaughan Roberts’ `God’s Big Picture`. He taught us to think about church the way the Bible speaks about church rather than to impose our traditions on the Bible. He taught us to be courageous when our biblical convictions are not shared by others and to do so without personal animosity or venom.” Dr Thompson said.
    In 1996, Donald gave some mature reflections on biblical theology in a paper presented at the Moore College School of Theology. Here he explained his approach to the Bible as a whole.
    … we enunciated a biblical ‘typology’ using three stages in the outworking of God’s promise to Abraham, that is, (a) the historical experience of the [partial] fulfilment of God’s promise to Abraham through the exodus to the kingdom of David’s son in the land of inheritance, (b) the projection of this fulfilment into the future day of the Lord by the prophets, during the period of decline, fall, exile and return, and (c) the true fulfilment in Christ and the Spirit in Jesus’ incarnation, death, resurrection, exaltation and his parousia as judge and saviour in a new heaven and new earth. (‘Origins and Unresolved Tensions’, in R.J. Gibson (ed), Interpreting God’s Plan: Biblical Theology and the Pastor (Carlisle: Paternoster, 1977), 9).
    Dr Thompson said Donald Robinson “could capture the imagination of generations of students as, with a twinkle in the eye, he promised to take them to the moon but not necessarily to bring them back. We thank God for a faithful life as tutor, lecturer, Vice Principal, Bishop and Archbishop, but above all as a disciple of Christ and biblical scholar.”
    “A Man of Words and a Man of his Word” – Donald Robinson’s Funeral Service held at St Andrew’s cathedral on 11th September 2018.
    Photos of Bishop Donald Robinson by Ramon Williams

  4. I strongly recommend that Dr Clifford A Wilson (1923 – 2012)) be included in your list of influential Australian Christians…..
    Dr Clifford A Wilson (10th May 1923 – 4th April 2012) – Missionary, Archaeologist, Pastor, Educator, Psychologist, Public Speaker, Author
    Educational Qualifications and Recognition
    Bachelor of Arts (1951), Master of Arts in Education (1958), Bachelor of Divinity (1968), Doctor of Philosophy in Education, with a major in psycholinguistics (1972), Master of Religious Education (1986).
    `Outstanding Educator of America` in 1971
    Fellow of the Commercial Education Society of Australia
    Member of the Australian Psychological Society and the American Psychological Association.
    Summary of Various Career Pathways
     Wartime Service – Cliff served his country in World War II in the Military Forces from October 20, 1941, to December 11, 1942, and as a seaman in the Royal Australian Navy from December 10, 1942, to January 16, 1946. He later assisted with prisoner-of-war repatriation at Ambon.
     Acting Principal for two years of Clarence High School (a mission-run school) in Bangalore, India
     Founding Principal of Emmaus Bible College in Sydney in 1953.
     A lecturer with the Australian Institute of Archaeology from 1954 .
     A Senior Lecturer at Melbourne Bible Institute from 1961-1968.
     Director of the Australian Institute of Archaeology from 1967-1970.
     In 1969, Cliff was an Area Supervisor of excavations at Gezer, Israel, sponsored by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.
     Professor of Early Childhood Education at the University of South Carolina.
     Professor of Old Testament and Archaeology at Columbia Bible College in Columbia, South Carolina .
     Founding Editor of the archaeological magazine `Bible and Spade` in 1972.
     Director, `Word of Truth Productions` – as well as literature this included many 15-minute programs for radio called “Stones Cry Out”.
     Following the popularity of `Chariots of the Gods`, Erich von Däniken’s argument that aliens had been visiting Earth throughout history, Cliff Wilson wrote `Crash go the Chariots` in 1972. It became an international best seller. This was followed by many other books on the theme of extra-terrestrials, along with a few responding to other themes in popular culture, such as his 1974 book, `Crash goes The Exorcist! Where The Exorcist Failed.`
     Senior Lecturer in Education and Psycholinguistics at Monash University from 1973 – 1980.
     Involved with archaeological excavations at Khirbet Nisya in 1979. . At Ninevah he found a pathway between the palace of King Sennacherib and the temple. The path had an inscription saying that it was dedicated to the goddess Esagilla
     Ordained Baptist minister, serving at three Baptist churches in the suburbs of Melbourne. He also did pastoral work in the United States.
     Founder of the Pacific College of Graduate Studies in 1980- its aim was to provide distance education for missionaries.
     Joined the Associates for Biblical Research dig team in 1996 at Khirbet el-Maqatir, in Israel.
     In later years he was Associate Editor of the Christian newspaper `New Life`.
    Dr Wilson also authored or co-authored a few books on language, including `The Language Gap` and `Monkeys Will Never Talk, or Will They?`, highlighting the differences between humans and animals.
    Many of Cliff Wilson’s books were small volumes designed for the mass market. Others were pictorial books on the archaeology of the Bible lands. However, there was also a 17-volume The A.B.C. of Biblical Archaeology Archaeology … the Bible and Christ. A Survey.
    Dr Cliff Wilson once said: “Over 40 years have pass
    ed since I first became professionally involved in biblical archaeology and my commitment to the Bible as the world’s greatest history book is firmly settled. As Psalm 119:89 states, `Forever O Lord, your word is established in heaven`.”
    • General Sources:
    • Archaeologist Confirms Creation and the Bible
    • Does Archaeology Support the Bible?
    • Gods Creating Gods
    • Remembering Clifford Wilson
    • Clifford Wilson’s Life’s Work Takes Pride Of Place At Kingsley College
    See also

  5. I strongly recommend that Dr TED GIBSON (1915–1991) be included in your list of influential Australian Christians.
    Dr TED GIBSON – Baptist Pastor and Theological Educator
    Edward Gordon (Ted) Gibson was born on 27 June 1915 at Ashfield, Sydney.
    Ted was educated at Fort Street Boys’ High School but, failing to matriculate, took up accountancy.
    He regularly attended Sunday school and Christian Endeavour at Haberfield Baptist Church and, following his conversion at age sixteen, became a lay preacher.
    Applying to the Baptist Union of New South Wales to become a home missionary, in 1939 he was appointed to the Cessnock Baptist Church for one year.
    In 1940 he began his formal training at the `Baptist Theological College of New South Wales` (now `Morling Theological College`), where he was a prize-winning student for each year of the four-year course and gained the LTh diploma (Melbourne College of Divinity) in 1942.
    After graduation he studied further, lectured part time at the college, and served on denominational committees.
    On 16 December 1943, at North Croydon Baptist Church, he married a manageress, Winifred Mona (‘Lass’) Colechin.
    Ted Gibson was ordained in 1944, but resigned from his church in 1945 on medical advice. Appointed pastor of Waverley Church in 1946, he studied through the University of London (BA, 1947).
    In 1949 he became principal of Perth Bible Institute (Perth Bible College) and there continued his studies at the Melbourne College of Divinity (BD, 1951), University of Sydney (MA, 1951), University of London (BSc (Econ), 1952), Berkeley Baptist Divinity School, United States of America (ThD, 1954), and University of Western Australia (BEd, 1957).
    In 1959 Gibson was appointed superintendent of the Sydney Bible Training Institute. Two years later, failing to become principal of the Baptist Theological College of New South Wales, he moved to South Australia as principal of the Adelaide Bible Institute (Bible College of South Australia).
    He was appointed vice-principal of the Baptist College of South Australia in 1964. Unsuccessful in being appointed principal of this college, he applied for a similar position at the `Baptist Theological College of Queensland` (now `Malyon College`), Brisbane.
    Conservative forces there welcomed his application in preference to others, seeing him as one who could realign the theological direction of the college; he was appointed to the position in September 1967.
    The first Australian-trained principal, he immediately stamped his imprint on the college, adding a Bible college section, enlarging the faculty, and effecting a relocation to a new campus.
    His devotional approach made him a popular convention speaker and preacher. Many of his addresses were tape recorded and reported, but he did not publish any academic works. Strong advocacy of his particular theological views, including scriptural inerrancy, pre-millennial eschatology, and an emphasis on the Holy Spirit, attracted loyal students from long distances and swelled enrolments dramatically.
    Dr Gibson retired in 1982 and was appointed principal-emeritus.
    President of the Baptist Union of Queensland (1979-80) and president-general of the Baptist Union of Australia (Australian Baptist Ministries) (1984-88), he was also the first dean of the Brisbane College of Theology (1983-86).
    Dr Ted Gibson died on 17 August 1991 at Brookfield in Brisbane.

  6. I strongly recommend that Kevin Charles “Pro” HART, MBE (1928 – 2006) be included in your list of influential Australian Christians.
    Pro Hart’s Brush with Faith
    Broken Hill artist Pro Hart completed a staggering 3000 paintings a year. He painted 70,000 pictures in his lifetime. If you compare him to Russell Drysdale because the paintings are of a similar subject matter, Drysdale only painted about 350 major pictures in his career.
    Nine years after his death, Hart remains one of the country’s most recognisable artists. Overlooked by the art establishment because of his crass commercialism and questionable talent – his paintings were reproduced on Qantas in-flight menus, airconditioning units and in a TV advertisement for carpet – the self-made multi-millionaire was appreciated en masse by ‘‘ordinary’’ Australians.
    Regarded as the ‘‘working man’s painter’’, his work ‘‘reeked of outback authenticity”, says Gavin Fry, who spent 12 months researching and writing the book, `Pro Hart: Life & Legacy`.
    Kevin Charles Hart was born in Broken Hill 90 years ago, on May 30, 1928, and spent the early part of his life on a sheep station east of Menindee. He left school at 15 and took on menial jobs. He was given the nickname ‘‘Pro’’ while employed at a soft drink factory where he enjoyed blowing things up with gelignite. The other workers dubbed him ‘‘The Professor’’ and it was eventually abbreviated. At 19, he started working at North Broken Hill Consolidated Mine and painted in his spare time. Eventually his earnings as an artist meant he could focus on painting full-time, which he did at 39.
    Much more can be said about Pro Hart – but at this point I would like to highlight the role of `Christian faith` in his life – as recorded by Robert Drane in the Salvation Army magazine ` War Cry` April 11, 2009. His article is entitled `Hart and Soul `
    “Pro Hart’s answer was always the same when people asked him about the source of inspiration for his next painting: The Lord will show me.’
    Despite being considered, by many, ‘unfashionable’ in the very art world he dedicated himself to, Pro was a unique artist, who was able to conceive and render just the right image for the occasion.
    His visual descriptions of what he saw as the quintessential Australia—pictures that cap¬tured the space, the light and shade, the peculiar imagery and the mystery of the outback and the bush—somehow managed to say profound and ineffable things about his country.
    Anyone who has travelled this vast, complex land would understand just how difficult it is to capture its essence on canvas or page. Yet Pro managed it with a unique sensitivity and facility for gesture. But he understood that his talent served higher purposes.
    Believing that his job was to get the word of God out through his art, Pro made his paintings as pure and genuine an expression of religious experience as anyone has seen.
    Many artists who try to capture the idea of the holy and their own experience of it quickly become self-indulgent. Their ‘religious’ images, like those, for example, of Dali, are more a brilliant expression of their own ontology and the personal symbols that represent it than an attempt to render God comprehensible in any way.
    Pro didn’t just capture Australia’s soul—he sometimes rattled around noisily inside it. What was remarkable about his career was not so much that he was despised by Australia’s precious ‘art mafia’, as the fact that he didn’t care. He was prolific and persistent, and believed in his talent and its source.
    He was a quirky figure, an outsider, who taught himself to paint and came in under everyone’s radar. None of these traits ever endeared him to the art world’s cognoscenti, and he was the target of some surprisingly vehement, spiteful criticism in his time.
    Yet for men and women of faith, Pro’s religious art was not seen through the cold critical eye, but rather it was felt. It went soul-deep, and this is something that cannot be claimed of many great artists, or understood by mere critics. His ceaseless attempts to create windows into the subject of spirituality, and convey something of his own conception of God, were evidence enough of the power and depth of his faith.
    Without the encumbrance of words, Hart was able to make raw utterances—on canvas—of his personal religion as they were received, as nakedly and vigorously as Handel’s Messiah.”
    See also
    Paintings by Pro Hart – Google images
    Pro Hart Biography

  7. I strongly recommend that Dr James Henry JAUNCEY (1916 – 2008) be included in your list of influential Australian Christians.
    James Henry Jauncey was born on 5 December 1916 in Dudley, Worcestershire, England and died on 31 July 2008 in El Paso, Texas, USA
    James Jauncey’s family migrated under the Group Settlement Scheme and settled at Northcliffe in the south of Western Australia.
    The eldest of 15 children, `Jim` was obliged to leave school at 14 years but went on to matriculate and become a true academic who held 10 degrees in various fields including Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Journalism, and Religion… e.g BSc (UWA, 1941), BA (UWA, 1944), BD (MCD, 1948), MA, ThM, ThD (Berkeley, 1949-1950); BA (London, 1954),
    Even as a young boy in Australia, James always had a desire to emigrate to the United States, which he did in 1948, becoming a U.S. citizen in 1954.
    During World War II James Jauncey was a technical advisor to the Australian Government, and subsequently was associated with the American guided missile programme in New Mexico. James took out American citizenship in 1954.
    As a writer he contributed over 2,000 articles to some 50 magazines and had 15 books published, most of which have run into several editions. `Science returns to God`, has been translated into three foreign languages.
    Dr Jauncey was also a licensed psychologist but regarded himself an Evangelist first and foremost. Two of his books deal with evangelism `The Psychology of Successful Evangelism` (1972) and `One on One Evangelism` (1978)
    In his book `The American Way` (1962) James H. Jauncey wrote:
    “I must confess that at one time, my being required to work for years at a time as a scientist did not make sense. I had nothing against science. In fact, I loved the work. But I find that preaching the gospel was so much more urgent and necessary. Surely God must know that this is where I ought to be. Yet, in the long run, the experience and prestige of being a scientist has made my proclamation of the Word infinitely more fruitful. “
    As a lecturer James Jauncey won renown as a keynote speaker at conventions of science organizations, religious bodies, political groups, education associations, service clubs, labour unions and chambers of commerce.
    In September 1964, Dr James Jauncey, minister of the El Paso Christian Church in Texas, USA, accepted the invitation to become the first principal of Churches of Christ in Queensland’s theological college to be known as Kenmore Christian College. Wearing his Texas hat, Dr Jauncey walked off the plane at Brisbane airport to be met by TV cameras from the commercial networks. He was the Principal from 1964 to 1969, and was also the founding Pastor of the Churches of Christ on Bardon Road at Woodridge, on the outskirts of Brisbane.
    Dr James Jauncey was honoured nationally on four occasions by the Freedoms Foundation of Valley Forge and possesses the Distinguished Service Award and Conquistadore Award from the City of El Paso, Texas, USA. He is also listed in `Who’s Who in American Education`.
    Main Source:

  8. I strongly recommend that Sir Marcus Loane KBE (1911–2009) be included in your list of influential Australian Christians.
    Sir Marcus Lawrence Loane KBE (14 October 1911 – 14 April 2009 ) was Tutor and Chaplain (1935–1938), Vice Principal (1939–1953) and the ninth Principal of Moore Theological College (1953–1958). He was subsequently Assistant Bishop (1958–1966) Archbishop of Sydney (1966–1982) and Primate of Australia (1977-1982).
    In the 1976 New Year Honours, he was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE).
    Marcus Loane was born on 14 October 1912 in Tasmania. His family moved to north Queensland, then to Sydney.
    A graduate of Sydney University and Moore College, he was ordained in 1935 and married Patricia Knox in 1937. After active service in World War II, including in Papua New Guinea, he lectured at Moore College, where he would eventually served as principal from 1954-1958. He was succeeded in that role by his brother-in-law D. B. Knox.
    He was made an assistant bishop by the then Archbishop of Sydney Howard Mowll in 1958, and served both Mowll and Archbishop Hugh Gough until, in 1966, he would follow Gough as Sydney’s Anglican Archbishop from 1966-1981—the first Archbishop of Sydney to have been born in Australia.
    He was a prolific author and his works include several biographies. His first book, published in 1950, was Oxford and the Evangelical Succession, and this was followed by Cambridge and the Evangelical Succession (1952), Masters of the English Reformation (1955), Makers of Religious Freedom (1961) and Pioneers of the Reformation in England (1964). The material of these volumes was, for Loane, highly relevant to the Christian mission in 20th-century Australia.
    Marcus Loane’s life and work held together a tenacious loyalty to Anglican forms and order with an unimpeachable commitment to evangelicalism. For example, he was insistent on clerical dress, refusing to take questions from clerical members of Synod not wearing clerical collars.
    He saw the The Book of Common Prayer as not just a bulwark for orthodoxy within the Anglican communion, but as a pure well of reformed and evangelical spirituality. He nevertheless moved freely in interdenominational circles and was warmly received and appreciated by non-Anglican evangelicals and in the wider Christian community. He was also able to hold together a deep loyalty to British culture, society and monarch with a similarly unimpeachable claim to be Australian.
    Despite holding senior office and despite a prolific publishing record, Loane operated fundamentally as a minister of the word of God—visiting the sick, leading people to faith, preaching the word of God and praying for the people in his care. (On visiting the sick, Loane—normally a stickler for the rules—would happily ignore the advertised visiting hours in hospitals in order to pray at people’s bedsides.)
    The Most Rev Marcus Loane
    Sydney remembers Sir Marcus Loane
    Loane the Anglican Evangelical
    A Review of From Strength to Strength: A Life of Marcus Loane, by Allan M. Blanch
    Archbishop Marcus Loane photo gallery
    Marcus Loane Memorial Service – Archbishop Peter Jensen – 24 minutes

  9. I strongly recommend that Rev Dr Gordon Keith Moyes AC (17th November 1938 – 5th April 2015) be included in your list of influential Australian Christians.
    Rev Dr Gordon Keith Moyes – AC, MLC, B.A., LL.D., Litt.D., D.D., F.R.G.S., F.A.I.M., F.A.I.C.D., M.A.C.E. –
    Rev Dr Gordon Moyes AC was one of Australia’s most respected Christian leaders.
    Ordained in 1959 as a minister of the Churches of Christ with ministries at Newmarket, Ascot Vale, Ararat and Cheltenham he later was ordained in the Uniting Church in Australia serving for 27 years as the Superintendent of Wesley Mission Sydney. Gordon led this church to become one of Australia’s largest non-government welfare providers and a uniquely shaped multi-cultural, city-based church, passionate about sharing God’s love in both Word and Deed. This extraordinary ministry was extensive in its breadth, significant in its range and innovative in its scope. Financial counselling, refugee support, property redevelopment in the central business district, financial sustainability, employment services, child and family support, disability and mental health services, media presence, retail and conference centres – where there was a need and opportunity, Gordon saw a vision to serve.
    Following Gordon’s appointment at Wesley Mission, his television work gained momentum through “Turn ‘Round Australia”, a weekly half hour program, broadcast on many television stations around the country, consistently running for over 20 years.
    During Gordon Moyes’ years as Superintendent there were several ground breaking documentary series produced including The Discovering series, and specials, television series and radio programs produced such as: An Australian Christmas at Darling Harbour television across Australia for 10 years, the music video show Swordfish and Sunday Night Live hosted by Gordon which ran for nearly 18 years.
    The Discovering series was recognised around the world for its innovation. The series looked at the life of Jesus and then the growth of the early Christian church and was based on three books written by Gordon. This unique video series set a new standard in Australian Christian television.
    Gordon has been awarded many honours over the years including Australia’s highest honours, including the Companion of The Order of Australia in 2002, 2014 Christian Media Australia’s Lifetime Achievement, Rotary International’s Paul Harris Fellow (1978), and the New South Wales Father of the Year (1986).
    In 2003 he was recognised with the Commonwealth Government’s Centenary Medal for Distinguished Service to Australia following service as a member of the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership Board and membership of the Prime Minister’s National Task Force on Youth Homelessness.
    He was described by former Australian Prime Minister John Howard as “the epitome of effective Christian leadership” when describing the way he had grown Wesley Mission into one of the most dynamic and socially responsive church-based charities in the world. “And what I particularly salute is the way in which Dr Moyes has led the Wesley Mission to an understanding of the need for the church, in its various outreaches to the community to change and adapt whilst retaining a deep connection with the fundamentals of the Christian religion.”
    Gordon was appointed by the Christian Democratic Party (CDP) to the New South Wales Legislative Council in 2002 and went on to have a career in politics serving both the CDP and Family First for the next 9 years. As a cross-bench member of the New South Wales Legislative Gordon Moyes pursued an agenda of social justice, while drawing attention to what he saw as the moral erosion of Australian society. As one of the few members of the New South Wales Parliament with a background in social work, he was a passionate advocate for disadvantaged indigenous populations, the homeless, the disabled, and the unemployed.
    In his time as a parliamentarian he also spearheaded reform agendas for the juvenile justice system and fairer personal injury compensation.
    As a Christian Member of Parliament, his informed judgements were drawn from a foundation in the inalienable values of justice, compassion, free will, and morality as explained in the Word of God.
    Evangelism remained Gordon Moyes’ great passion through his life. “Essentially I am evangelist: I just want to tell people about Jesus Christ.”
    Gordon died peacefully surrounded by what he described as the greatest joy of his life, his loving family: his wife of 55 years, Beverley and his children Jenny and Ron Schepis, Peter and Trina, David and Leisl, and Andrew and Kylie; grandchildren and great-grand-children Michael, Georgina, Adelaide, Rachel, Ethan, Cassie, Jack, Brianna, Emma, Chelsea, Tom, Indiana, Scarlett and Piper.
    See also …
    `Christian resources for a changing world` – hundreds of sermons from 1996-2013 by Rev Dr Gordon Moyes AC
    Vale 2GB’s Gordon Moyes
    Wesley Mission’s Reverend Gordon Moyes teamed evangelical zeal with business acumen

  10. I strongly recommend that missionary Mr E Keith Skillicorn AM (13 June 1923 – 13 April 2018) be included in your list. Here are some resources to say why he is more than worthy of joining this list of influential Australian Christians.
    We give thanks for the life of Keith Skillicorn – A Life Member of The Leprosy Mission Australia
    Keith Skillicorn Earns Membership With` Stanford Who’s Who` – (Adelaide, March 18, 2013)
    Keith Skillicorn AM – Leprosy Healer and Other Mighty Works

    Keith Slillicorn AM Memorial Service 19 April 2018

  11. My father Alexander Robert ‘Bob’ O’Connell 1922 – 2008 who was B A Santamaria’s 2IC for 30 years and President of the NCC in NSW for that time. Prominent anti communist campaigner.

  12. I think you should consider including Wallace (Wally) Guildford who was s the foremost Children’s Evangelist in my childhood. He was gifted in sketching and his visual aids gave him great appeal. He was previously with Open Air Campaigners and the Sydney Evangelistic Crusade but later was an independent Children’s Evangelist and operated from his vehicle outside schools.

  13. Wow! Christianity sure is very different from other world religions. It tranforms people into such great personalities. Westerners deny the existence of God but if they get in touch with other nations, they will understand the greatness of Christianity and why it has trfansformed their nations so! Jesus makes all the difference in the world!

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

  15. 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.



  16. 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.

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

    He helped start the parliamentary Christian fellowship.

    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.

    Eulogy to my father Frank Crean in Parliament
    Simon Crean

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.


  21. 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.

  22. 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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