A pioneering character money can’t buy
Flynn: He’s the bloke whose face appears on the $20 note, an all-but forgotten hero who founded a unique frontier service. The Australian Inland Mission was established by the Presbyterian Church in 1912 to care for the needs of outback settlers. Flynn (pictured), a young priest based in a bush parish, was appointed as its founder and remained its superintendent for almost 40 years, taking medical assistance and spiritual solace to the people of the Outback, or inlanders as he liked to call them. Rather than building churches, Flynn focused on providing nurses, clinics, hospitals and hostels. Flynn went on to commission the invention of the Pedal Radio, which established a vital communication network throughout Australia’s remote interior. This became the means for Flynn to realise his even greater dream, launching the world’s first Flying Doctor Service which he did in 1928. Sunday programmer Compass profiles Flynn on the 100th anniversary of the founding of the mission.
Sunday, 6.30pm, ABC1.