Caring for the sick and dying has been a long and honourable Christian tradition. I’m proud of the fact that my own family have played their own small part in carrying on this ministry of compassion here in Australia.
LISTEN as Paul tells of this chain of mercy.
In the years we lived in Bourke, we often heard warm praise from the locals for the Bush Brothers. They were an Anglican order, begun around 1900, which mobilised young men from Oxford University to tackle the tyranny of distance in the Outback. The first Australian recruit, 21 year old John Dent Martyn, caught my attention with his enthusiasm. Here is a snatch from his diary.
“The old Lizzie in which I have to travel is quite a specimen for the Museum. It is six years old, has done 76,000 miles, has been up two trees, has torpedoed one cow, has had the chassis snapped, has been bogged, I might say, hundreds of times! I have just got in tonight from a 150 mile trip. That is the shortest trip I have to do…Who wouldn’t be a Bush Brother? This district is half the size of England and just as large as the whole of Victoria."
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Betty Cuthbert first sprinted her way into history and into Australians' hearts as an eighteen year old when she won three gold medals at the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games. She went on to break nine world records over short distances and was the only Olympian, male or female, to win gold in all sprinting events. Though a sprinter, she had her own marathon to face when her body began to be overtaken by multiple sclerosis in 1969. LISTEN as Paul tells something of Betty's story.
2WEB's Chris Dover talks to the Outback Historian, Paul Roe about the Collin Buchanan concert in Bourke.
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.