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Angels in the Outback
Author: Max Griffiths

ISBN: 9781921719585
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 1 September 2012
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 22.5 x 18.0 x 2.2
Just before World War I, Australia's outback suffered from the decline of its goldmines and the hard times on its pastoral runs. The white inhabitants were few, and were rarely if ever visited by clergymen, doctors, or nurses. The region's long-distance mailman was the most regular visitor, but the letters and newspapers he brought were sometimes weeks old. It was the Reverend John Flynn, a young Presbyterian clergyman from Victoria, who set out to ease the loneliness of many outback people. Working under the banner of his Australian Inland Mission, Flynn eventually was helped by travelling padres who held religious services where two or three people were gathered together. He was also assisted by young nurses who opened makeshift hospitals far from the doctor's surgery. The difficulties that they faced are traced in this book. We meet Sister Latto Bett, travelling on an open trolley along one of the few outback railways and holding up an umbrella to protect her from the intense heat. We glimpse Padre Plowman riding a camel, for it was still the main carrier in a vast arid area. In the late 1920s, the world's first flying doctor service was founded. It was made possible ...

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