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16-September-2016 (Bill Bale)
16-September-2016 (Bill Bale)

Photographs supplied by Kent Watson / Bill Bale

The monument is opposite where John Flynn (1880-1951), founder of the Australian Inland Mission and the Flying Doctor Service was born. In 1912 Flynn was commissioned to undertake a survey of the needs of both the Aboriginal people and European settlers of the Northern Territory. His detailed reports resulted in the creation by the Presbyterian Church of its Australian Inland Mission (AIM), of which Flynn was appointed Superintendent.

In 1934, the Australian Aerial Medical Service, as it was then known, was established. (The name was changed in 1942 to Flying Doctor Service of Australia, and the designation `Royal` was added in 1955)

The monument was erected by local residents, the council of Bet Bet and the Australian Inland Mission. It consists of a 12 foot column of brick construction, a local stone wall and propeller.  The propeller was supplied by Australian National Airlines.


Address:Bealiba & Murray Streets, Moliagul, 3472
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.751667
Long: 143.663889
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People


Front Inscription

The very Rev. John Flynn 1880-1951 OBE DD Founder of the Australian Inland Mission and the Flying Doctor Service was born at Moliagul opposite this spot.

He spread a mantle of safety over inland Australia, by aviation, radio and medicine, and brought spiritual comfort, gladness and rejoicing.

`Across the lonely places of the land, he planted kindness and gathered love`

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