Last night the throb of Harley-Davidsons announced the Longriders had come to Dubbo. After meeting their club Chaplain in Uralla in March we invited them to visit if they came through Dubbo. We also figured they would have something in common with Bruno Efoti’s Tradies Insight group. It turns out they are both working to provide the kind of spaces where men in particular are comfortable enough to be themselves and talk out life issues. WATCH as Paul chats with Padre Matt about their experience.
Aunty Pat Doolan is one of those rare people you meet in life who radiate goodness. As a result she’s been a game-changer wherever she’s lived. You can’t help being touched by her rare blend of determination and kindness - that’s how she’s got things done. She leads by being a servant and she never wavers in declaring her faith in public.
Bill Ferguson is one of Australia’s unsung heroes. I think he qualifies (along with his friend William Cooper) as the ‘Martin Luther King of Australia’, but for a long time he was forgotten by secular historians and uncelebrated by Christians. Someone left this description. ‘He stood tall, with a calm and reliable manner, his strong Presbyterian faith supported his pride in his people.’ He led the Day of Mourning protest on Australia Day 1938 which has been described as the first clearly identifiable beginning of the Aboriginal political movement.
What do the Wright Brothers’ aeroplane, the Abbey and the Big Bogan, an ANZAC and an Outback Art gallery have in common? Absolutely nothing is the immediate answer. But then there is something.
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The travellers met some lions today. The first wheeled himself out of a small museum in an electric wheelchair. Austin gently corrected me when I said he was stuck in the contraption. He told me he refused to think the stroke had invalidated him. This big-hearted man lovingly told us the stories of the young men of the Bush Brotherhood who had ridden bikes, driven T-model Fords through swamps and sand dunes shepherding the people on lonely READ MORE...
‘We need to share our stories, accept our stories, and write a new story together.’ - Billy Williams.
In recent years, the story of Bill Ferguson has been highlighted in the main street of Dubbo. While Martin Luther King and his 'I have a dream' speech is well known, Bill Ferguson and William Cooper and others who played similar roles on behalf of the Aboriginal people, are not. Paul and Riverbank Frank take as many opportunities as they can to tell the Bill Ferguson story in schools and groups of young people. Paul wrote this short story after speaking with Bill Ferguson's daughter Isabel.
'A curtain of steady late-winter rain swathes the evening sky. Dwarfed by the leaden expanse of cloud, three figures plod steadily along the sodden roadway, picking their way through the puddles. The man is a tall, erect figure, his muscular shoulders filling out his dark suit coat, water streams from the Fedora hat pulled firmly down over his eyes. The stripling boy struggles manfully with the battered suitcase, now and then swapping it from hand to hand, while his sister strides alongside her father, head held high, hair bedraggled, clutching a parcel of food wrapped in grease-proof paper. ( Read the rest by clicking on Read More.)
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.