Radio National’s Encounter this week commemorated Flynn of the Inland and the Australian Inland Mission. There is a full transcript there.
The Presbyterian Australian Inland Mission played a significant role in the nation building that went on at the turn of the 20th Century. An ambitious health, communication and support network for remote desert dwelling Australians, it was deliberately non-evangelical. Founded by the Right Reverend John Flynn, the AIM gave birth to the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the School of the Air. The Flying Doctors are 80 years old this year, and the AIM is now 96, and a $30 million operation, albeit with a name change – the Uniting Church in Australia’s Frontier Services.
This Encounter explores the history and legacy of the AIM using in part, a significant archival interview with the Reverend Fred McKay, a former patrol padre and superintendent of the AIM.