Christian History Research
for Schools. This page has interactive applications and links to help you learn about Australia's great Christian history. New content will be added to this page regularly. So keep checking back.
This document has topics with school curriculum references. Links are provided to take you straight to the related information on the website.
Inspiring Stories for Childrenhttp://www.heroesthenandnow.com/books-c2442
Christian Heroes Then & Now. YWAM Publishing
Over fifty books including several Australians suitable for those above ten years of age.
Through this site you will be able to explore the lives of many people from Australia's history. You will also explore some of the key events that have shaped this nation.
Emerging from the many sections of this site is a picture of the very clear influence of God in the discovery and foundation of Australia.
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John Flynn was a Christian Missionary who created the Royal Flying Doctor Service. In this application you will learn how Flynn, by trusting God, would become one of Australia's greatest leaders.
The application features:
This application will take about 20 minutes to complete.
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William Arnott of Arnotts Biscuits
David Bassau who pioneered small businesses in poverty stricken countries
First Christmas in Australia
Royston Siddons, the founder of the Sidchrome brand in Australia.
Henry Holden and the founding of the Holden car making company. Henry Holden was a Christian who made a difference.
The head of the largest church in the world, Yonggi Cho, thanks a Melbourne church for sending missionaries to Korea.
Audio and video by Rodney Carr "Songs of Hope" radio program
The Life of William Bligh is a an amazing story of an accomplished man who played a part in the founding years of Australia. His journey led him to travel to remote places in the South Pacific Islands. If you have ever heard the story of "Mutiny on the Bounty" we remember a tough & hard man, but for his day he was very lenient. Many today don't realise the full story and his dependence on the sovereignty of God in his life, and that he was a man guided in his thoughts by the hand of God.
William Bligh was born in England on September 9th 1754. He is known for the Rum Rebellion and the Mutiny on the Bounty with Fletcher Christian.
Bligh remarks in his journal, which in this time hides nothing, reveals a man not so self-confident as we usually see. (15 mins. duration)
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A Tribute to Influential Australian Christians
Over 340 Australians listed
Margaret Court is Australia's most successful and celebrated tennis player of all time. No player in tennis history has ever surpassed her incredible record of 62 grand slam titles, in both singles and doubles. Margaret became a Christian while she was still the world's best, and when she finally retired from the game in 1976, she settled down to a life as a wife and mother, but could not resist the call of God that was on her life.
Betty Cuthbert won four Olympic gold medals and remains the only athlete to have triumphed at the Games in the 100, 200 and 400 metres.
Across her career she set 16 world records in individual and relay events, having burst to prominence at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics as a shy 18-year-old from the north-west Sydney suburb of Ermington.
The image of her running with her mouth gaped wide open became synonymous with her victories in the 100 and 200m, and 4x100m relay, which earned her the title of 'Golden Girl'.
Perhaps Cuthbert's greatest achievement on the track, however, came eight years later at the Tokyo Olympics when she won her fourth gold in what was the debut of the women's 400m.
An interview by Gary Bates called Still running for God is quoted here:
Australian’s coined the nickname ‘The Golden Girl’ for Betty Cuthbert after her three gold-medal performances in the 100, 200 and 4 x 100 metre sprints, at the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games. Just 18 years old at the time, her enthusiastic personality, engaging smile and unique running style would ensure that she remained well known and loved by a ‘sports mad’ Australia for generations to come...
‘I was encouraged to go to a particular church where someone said, “they’ll heal you”. Well, I wasn’t healed but I met the Healer.’ At age 47, Betty was ‘born again’ by receiving Jesus Christ as her Lord and Saviour. She says, ‘My life has never been the same since. My salvation was a free gift. I didn’t have to work for it and it’s better than any gold medal that I’ve ever won. Before then, I’m ashamed to say, I was frightened to tell people of my belief in God.’
Our Australian Christian Constitutional Monarchy
Queen Elizabeth’s image on the $5 note as well as on our six coins representing our Australian Christian Constitutional Monarchy.
Read more about the Queen's coronation service.
Brian Booth: Test Cricketer
by Graham McLennan*
Brian Booth represented Australia in two codes of sports, in 29 tests in cricket and at the 1956 Olympics in hockey. During his cricket career he captained the Australian Cricket team several times as well as being vice captain.
Read more about this amazing Australian sportsman.
Cricket, Christians and the Ashes Urn
by Graham McLennan
The earliest published photo of the Ashes urn, from the Illustrated London News, 1921.
Read this article about CT Studd, a famous Cricketer who served Christ.
Dr Fred Schwarz: Little Known Australian Who Helped Change World History.
by Graham McLennan
Read more about this little Australian who play a big part in changing world history.
George Fife Angas (1 May 1789 – 15 May 1879)
George Fife Angas was an English businessman and banker who, from England, played a significant part in the formation and establishment of the Colony of South Australia.
He established the South Australian Company and was its founding chairman of the board of directors. In later life he migrated to the colony and served as a member of the first South Australian Legislative Council.
For further reading please see George Fife Angas Father and Founder of South Australia link and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Fife_Angas
Charles La Trobe Superintendent later Lieutenant-Governor of Victoria
Read more about Charles La Trobe.
Senator Scott Ryan (http://www.aph.gov.au/Senators_and_Members/Parliamentarian?MPID=I0Q) set the record for the biggest Bible at the swearing in of the Abbott Ministry. It’s actually a family Bible from the 1880s, carried at the request of his 94-year-old grandmother.
Children of the World: Campus Crusade for Christ Australia Mother’s Day and the Christian connection.
Australia's first church was built in 1793 and was used as a school. Download this article to learn more.
Download this article to learn more about the naming of the Southland of the Holy Spirit.
AB (Banjo) Paterson
‘Banjo’ Paterson, one of Australia’s and the English-speaking world’s most famous poets is immortalised on our ‘new’ ten dollar note. His role with the Anzac battalions in the Middle East 100 years ago is one of the lesser known parts of his life. His horses became the real heroes of the famous Light Horse charge at Beersheba during the liberation of the Holy Land.
A series of articles showing an often unknown Christian connection to well known topics such as.
Articles by Margot Olgivie
A series of short articles on various topics from Australia's Christian history.
You can be another great Australian
by Margot Ogilvie, 2008, ISBN 978-0-646-50231-1, paperback, 106pp, $20
You can be another great Australian Student Workbook by Margot Ogilvie, 2011, ISBN 978-0-646-55485-3, spiral, 90pp, $15
Contact Margot Ogilvie on
PO Box 120, Victor Harbour SA 5211, Australia
Visit this website to learn more about Australia's National flag.
"Under this flag we have found unity in our diversity and respect in our differences. Together, we have built a modern nation on the idea that all of us can get ahead provided we are prepared to have a go".
What's the Union Jack doing in our national flag?
Download this article to find out.
General Church History for Children
The Evangelical Sisters of Mary have placed this Nativity scene titled "O Come let us Adore Him" in November in the foyer of the NSW Parliament each year since 2012.
Have you ever wondered about the woman on the old five dollar note? For 30 years she helped Australian immigrants. Her name - Caroline Chisholm and she was known as the immigrants' friend.
What was she like ?
Who made the first full length movies?
Soldiers of the Cross - the first feature length film ever produced. But who made it?
Australian stories by Kerry Medway
Is Ned Kelly in Heaven?
The parallel stories of Ned Kelly and John Singleton. One a bushranger, the other a doctor evangelist. One a sinner, the other a saint. One possibly Australia’s most well known outlaw, the other, almost unknown. These are the true stories of two men and their meeting in Melbourne Gaol in the 1880’s. One man’s life was possibly changed for eternity.
Bush Preacher hits the Dust
Stories from the Coober Pedy opal fields and outback Australia. A preacher facing a shotgun, falling in a sheep-dip and helping troubled men find peace with God. Commended as Australian Christian Book of the Year. One man commented.. “It’s the funniest & challenging book I have read whilst sitting on the toilet in years ! I read it in one sitting !!!”
THE AMAZING STORIES OF INSPIRATIONAL PEOPLE PORTRAYED THROUGH STORY TELLING, ROLE PLAY AND STUDENT INTERACTION
HATS Productions is an educational enterprise teaching children about inspirational people who have made a positive contribution to history and whose attributes make them worthy role models for today’s students.
The presentations are suitable for middle primary to junior secondary students: they are a blend of storytelling, role play, and students acting the story as it is narrated. HATS Productions has been developed by John Arbuckle in Victoria who is a Secondary History and Religious Education teacher with 20 years' experience. The current presentation available is for John Flynn. It describes how and why Rev. John Flynn contributed so much to the development of outback Australia in relation to ministry, communication, transport, education as well as his most famous contribution to medical services through the Flying Doctor Service.
Stories being developed for:
|Mary MacKillop:||Australian educator and charity worker|
|Douglas Nicholls:||Australian Aboriginal sportsman, justice campaigner and church minister|
|Caroline Chisholm:||Humanitarian and welfare worker|
|Charles Sturt:||English explorer of the Interior of Australia|
Educational and Entertaining
Anniversary of First Christian Service 3rd Feb 1788 and Australia's First Church 25th August 1793
On the 25th August it will be 220 years since Australia's first church opened.
This is from the Parliamentary Education Office and describes Tom Roberts' painting of the opening of parliament in 1901 with a list of the who's who in the picture.
Great short stories of the South Pacific suitable for all ages.
Exciting early missionary stories of John Williams, John Paton, James Calvert and James Chalmers in the Pacific Islands including Papua New Guinea, Hawaii, Fiji, Vanuatu and Samoa in the 1800s with pictures.
Well known Christians. Follow this link to a list of Christian men and women from history.
Heroes of the Faith
More well known Christian who have changed the lives of people the world over.
Field Marshall Montgomery
As an infant watching Tasmanian soldiers depart for the Boer War, Bernard Law Montgomery told his mother he was going to be a soldier when he grew up.
Captain James Cook
James Cook's first voyage in 20 seconds on GoogleEarth
Ferdinand Magellan Voyages of Discovery - Circumnavigation Part 3/4 - Magellan's Heroic Voyage into the Pacific
Read this article to learn more about Missionary Gladys Staines and her service to the Indian Community.
More Christian Heroes can be found athttp://www.heroesofhistory.com/page2.html