2005, English, Sound, Interview, lecture, talk edition: Geoffrey Bingham interviewed by Rob Linn [sound recording]. Bingham, Geoffrey C. (Interviewee)

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Physical Description
  • 4 digital audio tapes (ca. 260 min.)
Published
  • 2005.
Language
  • English

Edition details

Title
  • Geoffrey Bingham interviewed by Rob Linn.
Creator
  • Bingham, Geoffrey C. (Interviewee)
Other Creators
  • Bingham, Geoffrey C. Love is the spur.
  • Linn, Rob. (Interviewer)
Published
  • 2005.
Medium
  • [sound recording]
Physical Description
  • 4 digital audio tapes (ca. 260 min.)
Subjects
Summary
  • Geoffrey Bingham talks about his parents, their background, his relatives, siblings and their life at Wahroonga, NSW; the centrality of church in his life, his certainty of God and his call to the ministry; his education; his father's reaction to him going into the Anglican ministry; leaving home and moving to Sydney to complete his education; attending Moore College to study Theology and his memories of his time there; his first meeting with Laurel Chapman (his future wife) in 1939; the war and his enlistment into the army; recruit training, army life; his embarkation for overseas service in January 1941; his Christian faith and army life; how he became known as the 'battling padre'; Malaya and his first impressions of Singapore and the beauty of Malaya; jungle warfare training; editing battalion magazines; how some of his articles came to be played on the ABC; the difference between the Australian and British views of the Japanese invasion of Malaya; recalls the signal technology of the time and the ferocity of Japanese attack; the withdrawal to Singapore; being wounded and captured as a Prisoner of War (POW) from a field hospital; the Changi prison camp, the loss of heart of Allied troops and the attempts at self-survival; the daily functioning of life in camp; the formation of a group for Bible studies.
  • Bingham speaks about his return to Australia after the war and how his experiences affected him; his memories of the response of the people of Darwin and Sydney to the POWs; his families reaction to him; his return to Moore College and dealing with the things he had learnt in the prison camp; the church's reaction to those who had served in the armed forces; the challenges to his ethics and sensibilities; his marriage to Laurel Chapman and her understanding of his experiences; moving to his brother's farm and his eventual return to Moore College; his writing success, the publication of 'Laughing Gunner' in the Bulletin; writing short stories for papers and journals in Australia and New Zealand; Douglas Stewart; how what he had learned in Changi became the basis for the rest of his life, ministry and writing; his appointment 1953 to the Garrison Church, Sydney; the move to Pakistan for 10 years as missionaries, returning to Sydney in 1966; an invitation from the Adelaide Bible Institute to be its Principal; his wishes for the church; his international ministry; mentions his book, Love is the Spur; the revitalisation of his writing; the role of New Creation Publications; his continuing teaching and activities.
Notes
  • Recorded on May 17, 2005 and May 24, 2005 at Kingswood, S. Aust.
  • Digital master available ; National Library of Australia ; nla.obj-208874847.
Numbering Note
  • Timed summary (3 p.) and uncorrected transcript (typescript, 94 leaves)
Access Conditions
  • Access open for research, personal copies and public use.
Language
  • English
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