ANZAC – Battle of Beersheba

ANZAC – BATTLE of BEERSHEBA Our History and the Christian Connection Lieutenant General Sir Harry Chauvel. The horses were restless, pawing the ground in the relentless heat. A shimmering haze hung over the desert,...

The Father of the Nation – Alfred Deakin

Our History and our Christian Connection Alfred Deakin – 2ND, 5TH and 7th Australian Prime Minister Two men were walking down a street in Melbourne CBD late one afternoon in 1878, deep in conversation....

‘Banjo’ Paterson

ANZAC – Egypt – ‘Banjo’ Paterson Our History and the Christian Connection Andrew Barton (Banjo) Paterson The line of horses struggled in the soft burning sand, their fetlocks sinking deep in the desert hills....

Father’s Day

FATHER’S DAY Our History and the Christian Connection SONORA DODD In 1909 John and Sonora Dodd attended the Mother’s Day service (http://diduno.info/mothers-day/) at their church. As Sonora listened to the sermon and heard the...

Prison Reform

Prison Reform Our History and the Christian Connection Elizabeth Fry In a dark, crammed room, the dampness rises like an invisible oppressive enemy, piercing every joint and bone; whilst the foul stench of urine,...

The Sydney Harbour Bridge

The Sydney Harbour Bridge Our History and the Christian Connection John Job Crew Bradfield Australia’s iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge is recognised around the world. On May 28th 2000 a milestone was reached as 250,000...

Jesus of Nazareth

JESUS of Nazareth and the Hindu, Muslim and Christian Connections If one goes and googles ‘the best known person ever’, the name of Jesus comes up in numerous searches. What do we know about...

Mother’s Day

MOTHER’S DAY Our History and the Christian Connection Ann Jarvis. Mothers have been celebrated over the centuries in varying forms and traditions since possibly before Roman times. In the 1600s’ the Church of England...

ANZAC – Fromelles

ANZAC – FROMELLES Our History and the Christian Connection Sergeant John Ridley “After passing over rough ground covered with the bodies of the dead and wounded, strewn with barbed wire and pocked by shellfire, the...

Anzac Day & Field-Marshal Montgomery

ANZAC – Gibraltar Our History and the Christian Connection Field-Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery ‘Hello, Monty, glad to see you.’ The governor of Gibraltar, Rusty Eastwood, held out his hand as the car door opened...

Gallipoli – Andrew Gillison

First Australian Chaplain to die at Gallipoli – Andrew Gillison Our History and the Christian Connection The convoy of nervous soldiers sailed towards ANZAC Cove. The plan was to storm the peninsula and defeat...

Pearl Harbour

PEARL HARBOUR Our History and the Christian Connection Captain Mitsuo Fuchida Fuchida was more excited than usual as he awoke that morning. As general commander of the air squadron, he made some last-minute checks...

Five Dollar Note – Queen Elizabeth ll

Five Dollar Note Our History and the Christian Connection Queen Elizabeth ll – Longest serving English monarch Did you know that Queen Elizabeth II had two ceremonies to mark the beginning of her public office?...

NAIDOC

NAIDOC Our History and the Christian Connection William Cooper – Bill Ferguson – Aboriginal Activists NAIDOC represents the National Aboriginal and Islanders Day Observance Committee and is celebrated each year. NAIDOC WEEK is a very...

Old Five Dollar Note

Old Five Dollar Note Our History and the Christian Connection Caroline Chisholm. “The richest and most powerful Government of the world, master of India and a million men, failed in the colony, where a...

Kristallnacht

KRISTALLNACHT Our History and the Christian Connection William Cooper – Aboriginal Activist With a single swift swing the sledgehammer exploded through the window, sending splinters of glass flying through the air. The young storm...

SAO – Arthur Smith Arnott

SAO Biscuit Our History and the Christian Connection Arthur Smith Arnott Australians have always had a curious attitude to their favourite biscuits. Eating them is not enough. We have to play with them. Long...

William Dampier

WILLIAM DAMPIER – Explorer Our History and the Christian Connection Who are they? The dark skinned Aboriginals could not believe what they were seeing. They look human but they look so pale, so ghost...

The First Fleet

The FIRST FLEET Our History and the Christian Connection Captain Arthur Phillip The animals were taken on board two by two. Sound familiar? Well would you believe, this is what happened as Captain Arthur...

Safe Work Australia

SAFE WORK AUSTRALIA Our History and the Christian Connection Bob Mellows. A smouldering fire in a timber pumphouse deep underground led to one of the greatest mine disasters in Australian history. It also led...

Cadbury Chocolates

CADBURY CHOCOLATES Our History and the Christian Connection John Cadbury ‘What to bring when you’re told not to bring a thing.’ It’s Cadbury Favourites of course. Yep, the big purple box with its treasure...

World Teacher Day Week

World Teacher Day Our History and the Christian Connection Thomas Shadrach James. A most unlikely man was engaged in education in the early days of Australian schooling. Even more improbable is the fact that...

Terra Australis

TERRA AUSTRALIS Our History and the Christian Connection Pedro Fernandez de Quiros No one was sure that Australia existed, except for the Aborigines who were living here. In other parts of the world there...

Captain James Cook

Captain James Cook Our History and the Christian Connection He was standing at the water’s edge facing advancing Hawaiian warriors. Unfortunately at that crucial moment some of his men started shooting from the boats....

Explorer Charles Sturt

EXPLORER STURT Our History and the Christian Connection Charles Sturt, 1795—1869 Death seemed imminent.  Sturt and his men were stranded on a sand bar at the Murray- Darling river junction. Confronting them on the...

The Twenty Dollar Note

THE TWENTY DOLLAR NOTE Our History and the Christian Connection  The Royal Flying Doctor Service and The Reverend John Flynn. By the 1950’s, the Royal Flying Doctor Service was acknowledged by former Prime Minister Sir...

The Fifty Dollar Note – David Unaipon

THE FIFTY DOLLAR NOTE Our History and the Christian Connection Aboriginal Inventor, Poet and Writer – David Uniapon Whirr–whirr–whirr–whirr–whirr… the boomerang sang as it began to circle back through the air towards David’s hand....

Labour Day

LABOUR DAY Our History and the Christian Connection William Guthrie Spence. The crack as the first musket went off was like a clap of strange thunder. ‘Gid doon, boyo! Thair feering…’ A rough hand...

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