A pi­o­neer­ing char­ac­ter money can’t buy

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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.

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