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John Flynn John Flynn i(A60109 works by) (a.k.a. Flynn of the Inland)
Born: Established: 25 Nov 1880 Moliagul, Dunolly area, Clunes - Maryborough - Dunolly area, Ballarat - Bendigo area, Victoria, ; Died: Ceased: 5 May 1951
Gender: Male
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Presbyterian minister, founder and superintendent of the Australian Inland Mission of the Presbyterian Church of Australia.

Between 1913 and 1927 Flynn's magazine, the Inlander, led his battle for a 'brighter bush'. His photographs, documents, statistics, maps and articles publicized the needs of the people and northern Australia's potential for development, which he argued could only be effected by providing security for women and children. He did not overlook Aboriginals, and devoted the first issue of the 1915 Inlander to photographs and stories of the plight of the fringe-dwellers in particular. (Graeme Bucknall, 'Flynn, John (1880 - 1951)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 8, Melbourne University Press, 1981, pp 531-534.)

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  • John Flynn was chosen as one of 150 great South Australians by a panel of The Advertiser senior writers to celebrate the 150th Anniversay of The Advertiser newspaper, 12 April 2008.
  • See also the full Australian Dictionary of Biography Online entry for John Flynn.
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