Beyond the Furthest Fences:

The Australian Inland Mission Collection

In 1912 the Reverend John Flynn and the Presbyterian Church established the Australian Inland Mission (AIM), a ‘mantle of safety’ for the isolated outback. Sustained by the work of nurses, volunteers and ministers, the AIM cared for an area of over three million square kilometres. Flynn’s aim to ease the isolation of inland Australians led to the development of the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the pedal-powered radio. A century later, the work of the AIM is sustained by Frontier Services and continues to provide physical, medical and spiritual support to isolated inland communities.

An avid amateur photographer, Flynn extensively documented the early work of the AIM, using his photographs to promote the organisation in lectures and publications. This display of photographs, drawn from over 4,400 images presented by the Board of Frontier Services to the National Library of Australia in 1977, is testament to the dedication of the pioneering missionaries and the hardships they endured.

National Library of Australia, Fourth Floor display
Opens 10 August 2012
9 am-5 pm, free
Inquiries: 02 6262 1111

Unknown photographer
Portrait of Reverend John Flynn
Lantern slide, ca 1929
Part of the Australian Inland Mission collection
National Library of Australia

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John Flynn (1880-1951)
Three unidentified nurses with seven newborn babies
Lantern slide, ca 1940s
Part of the Australian Inland Mission collection
National Library of Australia

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John Flynn (1880-1951)
Reverend Chris Goy operating a pedal-powered wireless
Lantern slide, 1940s
Part of the Australian Inland Mission collection
National Library of Australia

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John Flynn (1880-1951)
Reverend R.W. Stevens driving a carriage pulled by camels at Port Hedland, Western Australia
Lantern slide, 1913
Part of Australian Inland Mission collection
National Library of Australia

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John Flynn (1880-1951)
A nursing sister carries out a dental check-up.
Lantern slide, 1944
Part of the Australian Inland Mission collection
National Library of Australia

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John Flynn (1880-1951)
An elderly woman surrounded by three girls operating a pedal wireless on her porch
Lantern slide, 1930
Part of the  Australian Inland Mission collection
National Library of Australia

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John Flynn (1880-1951)
An engine driver is placed on to an Australian Inland Mission vehicle used for transporting the sick and injured
Photograph, 1936
Part of Australian Inland Mission collection
National Library of Australia

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