Recording old-timers weathered by Outback summers in 1980’s Bourke taught me the value of a single life story. Two decades later, half a world away at a film studio in Vermont on the East coast of the USA, the historians who scripted the award-winning documentaries The Civil War and The West told me the same thing. Their secret was to tell the big story through carefully tracking the small stories. I learned that in a sense there are no ordinary people – each has a story unique to them. One day we might be surprised to find that a humble man like Frankie Faulkner had quietly played a part in a grand narrative.
Imagine coming to worship each week in a building where you knew every brick had been made by slave labour. Picture being the preacher in a church where the men who made the bricks were marched in under armed guard each Sunday to hear you speak of God’s love and forgiveness. That’s the challenge that faced Port Macquarie’s first two pastors Thomas Hassall and John Cross. WATCH as Paul unlocks some of the original story of St Thomas’ Anglican Church, built when Port Macquarie was a convict settlement.
Join The Outback Historian, Paul Roe, on an unforgettable journey into Australia's Past as he follows the footprints of the Master Storyteller and uncovers unknown treasures of the nation.