Australian Inland Mission. (1912-1977)

Also known as
A.I.M.
AIM. (1912-1977)
Australian Inland Mission.
Australian Inland Mission. (1912-)
Australian Inland Mission. Presbyterian Church of Australia. (1912-1977)
Frontier Services. (1912-)
Presbyterian Church of Australia. Australian Inland Mission. (1912-1977)
Presbyterian Inland Mission. (1912-)
Function
Religious organisation; Social support organisation; Overseas Aid Programs
Libraries Australia
http://nla.gov.au/anbd.aut-an35010848
NLA Persistent Identifier
https://nla.gov.au/nla.party-458395

Biographies

In the early twentieth century, white Australians began to push settlement into remote regions in Northern Australia. Concerns about the type of society that such a harsh environment might produce were a real concern to Europeans. How could a balanced and healthy society develop in such an isolated, masculine environment? The Australian Inland Mission (AIM) was established in 1912 to help alleviate these concerns. On the advice of some women who lived, or had lived, in the 'outback', a Presbyterian minister, Reverand John Flynn, travelled widely in the Northern Territory, surveying conditions in 1912 and speaking to residents who appeared to be in it for the long haul. As he visited people where he found them, nearly all men, he was concerned that community couldn't develop unless people were prepared to bring their wives and raise their families in those remote regions. His vision, therefore was to provide pastoral care to a range of people with a variety of needs that were significantly different to those of the metropolitan centres. Alongside that he saw the need for nursing services so that women particularly would feel safe in outback Australia. Arguably, the main reason for th establishment of the Australian Inland Mission was to provide for the well-being of women and children in remote Australia. He facilitated this vision through the use of modern technology. He pioneered the development of radio communications in the bush, at the same time as he started to develop the outback nursing clinics, and created a network of patrol padres on the road to be there for people wherever they were found. From 1912 the Australian Inland Mission established 15 nursing homes/bush hospitals in remote Australian locations. Following the establishment of the Uniting Church in Australia in 1977, the work of the AIM continued in the Presbyterian Church as the Presbyterian Inland Mission and in the Uniting Church as Frontier Services.

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In 1977 the Australian Inland Mission changed its name to become the Uniting Church in Australia Frontier Services.

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Australian Women's Register

  • (Person) Litchfield, Jessie Sinclair (1883 - 1956)

    <p>A letter from Jessie Litchfield that found its way into Rev Flynn's hands was influential to his decision to establish the Australian Inland Mission</p>

  • (Person) Gunn, Jeannie (Mrs Aeneas) (1870 - 1961)

    <p>John Flynn communicated with Jeannie Gunn about the needs of outback women in the early stages of his ministry.</p>

  • (Person) Bett, Mary Ann Latto (c. 1881 - ?)

    <p>Latto Bett worked with the AIM as a nursing sister at Oodnadatta</p>

  • (Person) Finlayson, Jean

    <p>Finlayson was the AIM's first nurse in Alice Springs</p>

  • (Person) Foster, Hilda (1902 - c. 1990)

    <p>Hilda Foster worked in South Australia for the AIM in the 1930s.</p>

Encyclopedia of Australian Science

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Resources for Australian Inland Mission.

Selected resources (7)

Australian Women's Register

  1. Australian Inland Mission
    Published: National Foundation for Australian Women
    Series: IspartOf The Australian Women's Register
  2. Flynn's Outback Angels: Casting the Mantle - 1901 to World War II
    Rudolph, Ivan
    [Rockhampton]
    Published: Central Queensland University Press
  3. The Outback battler : a quarterly magazine issued in bush interests
    Flynn, Rev. John
    [1911]
  4. Records of the Uniting Church in Australia, 1908-1998
    [86.2 m, 531 boxes, includes 8.3 m. folio items : 1908 - 1998]
    Series: National Library of Australia, Manuscript Section
    The great bulk of this collection is correspondence files with various subject headings. There are also minutes, financial records, maps, plans, photographs, news cuttings, printed material. All aspects of the Australian Inland Mission (A.I.M.) are represented, including history, the Aerial Medical Service, hospitals and hostels, United Church in Northern Australia, National and State Councils, publicity material, Far North Children's Health Scheme, Federal Methodist Inland Mission, patrol padres, Rev. John Flynn and Rev.Fred McKay. Also several artefacts and pieces of A.I.M. equipment. In 1977 the A.I.M. changed its name to Uniting Church in Australia Frontier Services. Preliminary list available (182 p.)
    MS 5574

Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Australian Inland Mission
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. Guarding Civilisation's Rim: the Australian Inland Mission Sisters in the Victoria River District, 1922-1939
    Riddett, Lyn A.
    Published: 1991
    Series: Journal of Australian Studies, 30, 29-44
  3. Technology in Australia 1788-1988
    Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
    Published: Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, Melbourne, 2000

Resources by Australian Inland Mission. (88)

  1. The inlander : a quarterly magazine dealing with national interests from the outbacker's point of view
    Flynn, John, 1880-1951
    [ Periodical : 1913-2017 ]
    At 21 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 27.437)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 27.437)

  2. Frontier news (Sydney, N.S.W. : 1960)
    Australian Inland Mission
    [ Periodical : 1900-2018 ]
    At 11 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 23.316)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 23.316)

  3. A.I.M. frontier news (Sydney, N.S.W. : 1954)
    Australian Inland Mission
    [ Periodical : 1920-1960 ]
    At 5 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 23.26)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 23.26)

  4. The A.I.M. frontier news : a record of the kirk at work, in company with many enthusiastic friends of other creeds, for the welfare of Australia's most isolated citizens
    Australian Inland Mission
    [ Periodical : 1930-1934 ]
    At 5 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 23.081)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 23.081)

  5. Casting the mantle : 1901 to World War II / Ivan Rudolph
    Rudolph, Ivan
    [ Book, Audio book : 1900-2017 ]
    Languages: English;lis;Undetermined, [2 others]
    At 61 libraries
    Casting the mantle : 1901 to World War II / Ivan Rudolph
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 21.048)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 21.048)

  6. Spotlight (Sydney, N.S.W. : 1972)
    Australian Inland Mission
    [ Periodical : 1971-1978 ]
    At 4 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 19.126)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 19.126)

  7. Frontier news (Sydney, N.S.W.)
    Australian Inland Mission
    [ Periodical : 1934-1953 ]
    At 6 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 18.834)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 18.834)

  8. End of a beginning / Margaret Ford ; with a foreword by Fred Mckay
    Ford, Margaret
    [ Book, Audio book : 1963-1977 ]
    At 39 libraries
    End of a beginning / Margaret Ford ; with a foreword by Fred Mckay
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 18.252)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 18.252)

  9. Inlander mailbag sheet / Australian Inland Mission
    Australian Inland Mission
    [ Periodical : 1920 ]
    At 3 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 17.165)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 17.165)

  10. The inlander
    Presbyterian Church of Australia. Home Mission Board
    [ Periodical, Microform : 1913-1986 ]
    At 3 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 13.516)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 13.516)

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  1. Burchill, Elizabeth (1908-2003)
    Nurse; Author; Historian
    ... Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS) (1902 - 1948) ... and Monash Universities. Before World War II Burchill worked at the Australian Inland Mission ...
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  2. Presbyterian Inland Mission Presbyterian Church of Australia (1977-)
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  3. Tucker, Margaret (1904-1996)
    Author; Campaigner; Community Worker; Indigenous Leader
    ... Margaret Tucker was co-founder of the Australian Aborigines League and was the first Aboriginal ...
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  1. Glass lantern slides of the Austral ...
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    [ Photograph : 1910-1959 ]
  2. Australian Inland Mission poster : ...
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    [ Photograph : 1912-1951 ]
    Australian Inland Mission poster : The A.I.M. was founded in 1912 by the Presbyterian Church of Australia as her contribution to the general welfare of  bush settlers / John Flynn
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    [ Photograph : 1970 ]
  4. The Inlander map of Australia, show ...
    Australian Inla ...
    [ Photograph : 1930-1939 ]
    The Inlander map of Australia, showing certain amenities of civilization in our sparsely populated areas, especially the nucleus of an A.I.M. Aerial Medical Service, also A.I.M. nursing homes
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    [ Photograph : 1921 ]
    Australian Inland Mission Hospital Hall's Creek
  6. Photographs of the Australian Inlan ...
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  1. Website: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
    www.eoas.info
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  2. Website: Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
    www.austehc.unimelb.edu.au
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  3. Website: Unbound : The National Library of Australia magazine
    www.nla.gov.au
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    • Australian Inland Mission | National Lib... - 6/3/2018 and on 6/3/2017
    • ... as a minister in Adelaide in 1911. In the same year he joined the Smith of Dunesk Mission in the Flinders Ranges in South Australia. In 1912 he......www.nla.gov.au/selected-library-collections/australian-inland-mission.html...
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  1. INLAND MISSION.
    The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 - 1954) Tuesday 9 October 1928 p 22 Article Illustrated
    ... INLAND MISSION. The Rev. J. Andrew Barber, B.A., patrol organiser of the Australian In* land ... Barber, B.A., patrol organiser of the Australian In* land Mission, who reached Perth yesterday. He will ... 56 words
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  2. INLAND MISSION.
    Daily Mercury (Mackay, Qld. : 1906 - 1954) Tuesday 17 October 1933 p 12 Article
    ... the Australian Inland Mis' Hlon, held at the Presbyterian Assembly Hall In Sydney, snld the work of ... this Inland Mission had had a marvellous growth, From the humble beginning made twenty-one yours ago by ... 134 words
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  3. INLAND MISSION
    The Week (Brisbane, Qld. : 1876 - 1934) Friday 21 September 1928 p 36 Article
    ... , INLAND, MISSION The aeroplane and thjs wireless &?. now' used by members of :thb Australian ... 'C'tlie Australian In?land Mission)-yesterday "had revolu tionised life in the far outback. The 'portable Wire ... 168 words
    This resource is likely to be relevant to your query (score: 0.509)

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  1. Angels in the outback / Max Griffiths
    Griffiths, Max
    [ Book : 2012 ]
    At 78 libraries
    Angels in the outback / Max Griffiths
    This resource may have relevance to your query (score: 0.671)

    This resource may have relevance to your query (score: 0.671)

  2. A Factor in the making of Australia / [The Australian Inland Mission]
    Australian Inland Mission
    [ Book : 1915 ]
    At 2 libraries
    This resource may have relevance to your query (score: 0.563)

    This resource may have relevance to your query (score: 0.563)

  3. Flynn of the inland / Ion L. Idriess
    Idriess, Ion L. (Ion Llewellyn), 1890-1979
    [ Book, Audio book : 1900-2001 ]
    View online
    At 135 libraries
    Flynn of the inland / Ion L. Idriess
    This resource may have relevance to your query (score: 0.506)

    This resource may have relevance to your query (score: 0.506)

  4. Lipstick, swag and sweatrag : memoirs of a patrol padre's wife : the Australian Inland Mission 1947-1955 / Beth Beckett
    Beckett, Beth
    [ Book, Audio book : 1998-2002 ]
    At 42 libraries
    Lipstick, swag and sweatrag : memoirs of a patrol padre's wife : the Australian Inland Mission 1947-1955 / Beth Beckett
    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.485)

    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.485)

  1. Frontier services report for ... / Australian Inland Mission
    Australian Inland Mission
    [ Periodical : 1900 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 1.227)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 1.227)

  2. Australian evangel (Sydney, N.S.W.)
    Aborigines Inland Mission of Australia
    [ Periodical, Microform : 1900-1966 ]
    At 4 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 1.139)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 1.139)

  3. Spotlight (Australian Inland Mission Frontier Services)
    Australian Inland Mission Frontier Services
    [ Periodical : 1971-1978 ]
    At State Library of QLD
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 1.02)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 1.02)

  4. Gold (Boulder, W.A.)
    Australian Inland Mission. Goldfields Patrol
    [ Periodical : 1948 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 0.957)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 0.957)

  1. The mission of a million miles / Australian Inland Mission Frontier Services
    Australian Inland Mission Frontier Services
    [ Published : 1972 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  2. [Australian Inland Mission : programs and invitations ephemera material collected by the National Library of Australia]
    [ Published : 1900 ]
    At National Library
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    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.273)

  3. Papers of Catherine Wheatley relating to the Australian Inland Mission
    Wheatley, Catherine
    [ Unpublished : 1911-2000 ]
    At National Library
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  1. Flynn of the inland / Ion L. Idriess
    Idriess, Ion L. (Ion Llewellyn), 1890-1979
    [ Book, Audio book : 1900-2001 ]
    View online
    At 135 libraries
    Flynn of the inland / Ion L. Idriess
    This resource may have relevance to your query (score: 0.506)

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  2. Lipstick, swag and sweatrag : memoirs of a patrol padre's wife : the Australian Inland Mission 1947-1955 / Beth Beckett
    Beckett, Beth
    [ Book, Audio book : 1998-2002 ]
    At 42 libraries
    Lipstick, swag and sweatrag : memoirs of a patrol padre's wife : the Australian Inland Mission 1947-1955 / Beth Beckett
    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.485)

    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.485)

  3. Spotlight : life and mission / Australian Inland Mission Frontier Services
    Australian Inland Mission Frontier Services
    [ Sound : 1971 ]
    At AIATSIS Collections
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  4. Silent heart : Flynn of the Inland / Max Griffiths
    Griffiths, Max
    [ Book, Audio book : 1993-1995 ]
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  1. "The Inlander"map of Australia : summary of dispersed population, distribution of Presbyterian preachers / Australian Inland Mission
    Australian Inland Mission. Home Mission Board of the Presbyterian Church of Australia
    [ Map : 1922 ]
    At WA State Library
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    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.253)

  2. [Australian Inland Mission map collection]
    [ Map : 1922-1970 ]
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    At National Library
    [Australian Inland Mission map collection]
    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.189)

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  3. "The Inlander" map of Australia / Home Mission Board of the Presbyterian Church of Australia, Australia Inland Mission
    Australian Inland Mission. Home Mission Board of the Presbyterian Church of Australia
    [ Map : 1922 ]
    At WA State Library
    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.18)

    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.18)

  1. China Inland Mission
    China Inland Mission
    Created by Tehillah, 12 items.

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  2. Art of inland Australia
    Art of inland Australia
    Created by hamlee, 75 items.

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  3. Asia Pacifica - Aust - NLA
    Asia Pacifica - Aust - NLA
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  1. PROBATE JURISDICTION. In the will of Thomas Ramsay Ramage, late of Miluerstreet, Mosman, near Sydney, in the State of New South Wales, secretary, Australian Inland Mission, deceased.
    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Friday 18 March 1927 [Issue No.37] p 1529

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    ... , Australian Inland Mission, deceased. PURSUANT to the Wills, Probate and Administration Act, 1898, and the ... 270 words
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  2. AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
    Commonwealth of Australia Gazette. Periodic (National : 1977 - 2011) Friday 25 May 1984 p 2

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    ... AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY Abbate, Emilia, 11 Mackinolty St, Sculhn Act 2614, 24 3 83, Abbate ... .9.82; Blake, Beryl Leah, 5 Mokoan PI, Duffy, 13.9.82; Blake, Sevgi, C/- Australian Embassy, Stockholm Sweden ... 19698 words
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  3. Australian Customs Service
    Commonwealth of Australia Gazette. FOI (National : 1983 - 1987) Friday 29 November 1985 p 3

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    ... Australian Customs Service This statement is correct to July 198S and replaces the statement of the ... documents currently available from the Australian Customs Service (ACS) which arc used by officers of the ... 17669 words
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