The Man on the Twenty Dollar Notes: Flynn of the Inland
The Royal Flying Doctor Service is a revered legend of the development of Australia as a caring nation. However, few Australians are aware of the man who founded it--John Flynn--usually known as Flynn of the Inland. Flynn, who died in...
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The Royal Flying Doctor Service is a revered legend of the development of Australia as a caring nation. However, few Australians are aware of the man who founded it--John Flynn--usually known as Flynn of the Inland. Flynn, who died in 1951, is regarded by historians as one of Australia's greatest sons. In addition to creating the Flying Doctor, he pioneered the Pedal Radio, founded the School of the Air, and built bush hospitals all over the continent on behalf of the Australian Inland Mission. It is a story that every Australian should read, and its powerful drama has been captured by veteran author Everald Compton. Flynn has been his role model in life ever since he first learned about him at a bush Sunday School in 1936. His fervent prayer is that many who read "The Man on the Twenty Dollar Notes" will choose to follow in Flynn's footsteps as the future pioneers of Australia as the finest nation on earth.
Everald Compton is an eighty-four-year-old Australian who was born and bred in bush country. Since his schooldays, he has been a passionate follower of John Flynn. Everald's first career as an international fundraising consultant lasted over forty years. In that time, he organised more than one thousand campaigns in twenty-six nations. Since selling his fundraising company, he has embarked on a second career as a director of several infrastructure-related companies and several community institutions concerned with ageing. He has no plans to retire. In addition to these pursuits, Everald is a long-standing elder of the Uniting Church and the author of several books on fundraising and family history. In formal recognition of his service to the community, Everald became a member of the Order of Australia in 1992 and was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2001. Everald lives in Brisbane with his wife, Helen. They have four children and eight grandchildren.