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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.
Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn1101659).
Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions. For such material, written permission to publish must be obtained from the copyright holder(s). Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.
Items from this collection should be cited as '[Title or description of manuscript item], Records of the Uniting Church in Australia Frontier Services, National Library of Australia, [class number, box number and series and/or file number]'.
John Flynn Papers: MS 2011, MS 3288, MS 5639; R.B. Plowman Papers: MS 1941; George Simpson Papers: MS 812; J.A. Spalding Papers: MS 6935; Allan Vickers Papers: MS 6234; Arthur Affleck Papers: MS 1940; John Behr Papers: MS 7178; Fred McKay Papers: MS 5701, MS 8127.
There are two time-frames within the Collection: Australian Inland Mission 1912-1977 (Presbyterian Church) Boxes 1-254; Australian Inland Mission - Uniting Church Frontier Services 1977. Boxes 255-440.
The archival records covering the period 1929-1977 relate to the different phases of the frontier services of the Australian Inland Mission of the Presbyterian Church: i) The superintendency of the Rev. John Flynn and his successors; ii) The institution of Patrol Padres; iii) The establishment of Nursing Homes and other Community Services; iv) The development of Pedal Radio Communication; v) The founding of the Flying Doctor Scheme.
Note: The Australian Inland Mission transferred its Aerial Medical Service and Pedal Radio Network to the national organisation which came to be called the Royal Flying Doctor Service, which from that point established its own system of historical records. That is, the flying doctor records in MS 5574 cover only the first eleven (11) years 1928-1939.
At the time of the Union of the Congregational, Methodist and Presbyterian Churches in June 1977, the Continuing Presbyterian Church was awarded a sum of money by the Statutory Property Commission to establish work which that Church elected to do under a newly constituted Committee called “Presbyterian Inland Mission”, while the Uniting Church (Congregationalists, Methodists and Uniting Presbyterians) was awarded all the traditional outback activities which that Church elected to carry forward without interruption. Agreement was reached between the two denominations - the Continuing Presbyterian Church and the Uniting Church that to save public confusion the name ‘Australian Inland Mission' would no longer be used.
For a short period of time the Uniting Church gave to its freshly constituted organisation the title “National Mission Frontier Services” which later was permanently changed to “Uniting Church Frontier Services”. “Uniting Church Frontier Services” is therefore the successor within the Uniting Church to the “Australian Inland Mission”.
The work of classification and cataloguing has been carried out voluntarily by Fred and Meg McKay under the direction of the National Library staff within the Manuscript Section. The depositing of material in different stages has made it impossible to arrange the Collection in chronological order, but notations and cross references will assist Readers to explore relevant areas of research. A summary of the contents of the Boxes is also formulated as a Preface to the Collection.
Objects held by John Flynn Place, Cloncurry.
Portable pedal wireless, 1934.
Used by padres in the field. It has two parts, a transmitter and a generator. The operating panel or transmitter sits on top of the generator. The wireless was Fred McKay's own set. [A40003760 and A40003752]
Please note: This finding aid may comprise or contain descriptive information provided by donors, researchers and/or volunteers.
The Uniting Church in Australia came into existence in June 1977. The use of the name "Australian Inland Mission" was duly discontinued within a short period of time, and the old historic title "Frontier Services" as used by Rev. John Flynn himself, was revived as the official name of the freshly constituted body within the United Church as it carried forward the traditional outback activities of the three uniting denominational partners.
From Box 255, therefore, the collection MS 5574 is named "Australian Inland Mission - Uniting Church Frontier Services" Abbreviated to "A.I.M. - U.C. Frontier Services". It will be noted that it has not been practicable to preserve a strict chronological sequence in the collection during this merging and bridging period.
Flynn of The Inland, Ion Idriess, 1932 The Boundary Rider, Bruce Plowman, 1932 Camel Pads, Bruce Plowman, 1933 The Man From Oodnadatta, Bruce Plowman, 1934 Flying Doctor Calling, Ernestine Hill, 1947 Flynn's Flying Doctors, Harry Hudson, 1956 Innamincka, Elizabeth Burchill, 1960 The Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia, John Bilton, 1961 John Flynn, Apostle to the Inland, Scott McPheat, 1962 End of a Beginning, Margaret Ford, 1968 The Flying Doctor Story (1928-1978), Michael Page, 1977 Camel Train and Aeroplane, Arch Grant, 1981 Flynn's Last Camp, Maisie McKenzie, 1985 The Flying Doctor Story, George Wilson, 1989 Fred McKay, Maisie McKenzie, 1990 Silent Heart: Flynn of the Inland, Max Griffiths, 1993 John Flynn, Ivan Rudolph, 1996
In 1977 the Australian Inland Mission changed its name to Uniting Church in Australia Frontier Services.
Primarily correspondence files with various subject headings. There are also minutes, financial records, maps, plans, photographs, news cuttings, printed material, artefacts and pieces of AIM equipment.
Comprises 509 boxes + 14 folio boxes.
West Australian matters (Angus Eadie), 1953-1955.
Refer also to files on Public Relations and Promotion Activities Boxes 203-215
Additional copies for the years 1966-1970.
Minutes and Papers of United Church Board. (Historical - Beginnings of United Church in North Australia), 1940-1955. (See also bound book box 279)
Papers in the following boxes (47-52) relate to A.I.M. Aerial Medical Service and the Pedal Wireless Developments in 1928-1930 interspersed with other A.I.M. records. Includes material re biographical article on John Flynn prepared for N.T. Dictionary of National Biography, 1986.
Papers relating to old timers' homes, hostels, St. Philip's College, hospitals (nursing homes), pre-school kindergartens, welfare clubs, Federal Home Mission Centres. These are arranged in alphabetical order according to the first letter of the geographical location.
Correspondence re Inventory Rosetta Flynn Home and administration of nursing home annexe, 1972-1974.
Alice Springs Hostel for Bush Mothers (Adelaide House, originally built as first A.I.M. Nursing Home in Central Australia 1926-1939).
General correspondence re property and appeals, 1951-1959. Also financial statements re first year of operation as a nursing home, 1926.
(See also boxes 284-5, 326-33, 357. 289 photographs)
(See also boxes 333, 334)
(See also Box 48 File 8 for photos of plaques in Cloncurry Memorial Cloister)
See Box 70 for photographic album of Sister Anderson's term at Birdsville
(See also Boxes 338, 339 and 353)
(See also Box 358 File 1 re Dampier)
Correspondence and reports by Matron of Nursing Services (Sister Brenda Divine)
See Box 439 for cassettes of Sister Natoli's experiences.
Itinerant Public Health Service
Correspondence - Sisters McPherson and Muir, 1967-1969.
(See also Box 349.)
(See also Box 226 File 4)
(See also Boxes 341 and 342)
(Note that staff correspondence covering 1954-1955 is not included here. Sisters Pearson and Rudge resigned for compassionate reasons and were relieved in emergency by Sisters Todd and Ryan.)
(Note change of location of Hospital from Old Halls Creek to Eight Mile New Township official opening of buildings erected by West Australian Government.)
Also Halls Creek Itinerant Public Health correspondence with Sr. McDonald, 1971.
(See also Boxes 343 and 344.)
(See also Box 350.)
(Note: School Children's Hostel Work was transferred to Kununurra at this point.)
Refer also to book “Innamincka” by Sister Burchill
(See also Boxes 358 and 400-403.)
Correspondence relating to furnishing and equipment transferred from Radium Hill (See Box 107 File 5) 1962-1963.
Correspondence and records of patients treatment - Sister McIntyre, Perry, Andrews, Mitchell, Hunt and Fletcher
(Note: Transfer of Hospital services to W.A. Government in new building at this date.), 1967-1968.
Correspondence relating to use of former hospital building as hostel for school children: enrolment of children etc. Mr and Mrs Castledine 1966-1969.
(See also Box 354)
Correspondence and Records of Patient Treatments. Sisters Finlayson and Arnold 1966-1970.
Brass Plaque from hospital building.
Correspondence relating to plan of building, furniture and equipment etc. 1945-1946.
(Note: Files 1, 2 and 3 in Box 100 do not give chronological information relating to dates of service of each pair of nursing sisters. Sisteen Sisters gave notable service at Maranboy between 1917 and 1931, and two untrained women. See list in “John Flynn, Apostle To The Inland” (McPheat) Page 275. Maranboy Hospital was merged into the Government District Hospital at Katherine in 1931.)
Refer also to Box 59 File 1 re gift by Mary Kathleen Uranium Company of furnishings and equipment to St. Philip's College, Alice Springs in recognition of A.I.M. Hospital Services in Mary Kathleen).
(See also boxes 355 and 356)
Records of Patient Treatments - Sisters Henderson, Gordon, Walters and Catling.
(See also boxes 312, 313, 346 and 247)
See list of nursing staff 1919-1929 in “John Flynn Apostle to the Inland” (McPheat) Page 277.
See Box 70 File 3 for photograph album.
(Note: A.I.M. Furnishings and equipment transferred from Radium Hill to Kununurra). (See also Box 97 File 1).
Correspondence - Sisters McPherson and Burden 1971-1973.
(Note: The A.I.M. Sister carrying out this work resided in Staff Residence at Karratha and conducted clinics in Roebourne Hospital as well as itinerant work in Aboriginal camps and the general community.)
(See also boxes 362 and 363.)
See Box 439 for photo album of Sisters Langham and Stewart, 1935-1937. (See also - List of Nursing Staff in “John Flynn Apostle To the Inland” Page 277.)
Papers on the Australian Inland Mission's Involvements in Inter-Church, Ecumenical, Cooperative and United Church Projects (Consult also files in Boxes 255, 256, 279 - 283, and 322 – 325)
Correspondence re appointment of Rev. J. Downing to Alice Springs Ministerial Team and reports leading to establishment of the Institute 1968-1969.
(Refer also to Box 71 Files 5-7 and Box 72 Files 1-3, formerly Presbyterian A.I.M. Centre and Welfare Club integrated later within United Church in North Australia)
Correspondence in period 1940-ies to 1950-ies re properties. Correspondence re Church matters and properties. Rev. H. McAndrew - Perth Office, 1957-1960.
(See also Box 130 File 4.)
Also some historical papers relating to beginnings of co-operative work - Margaret Ford's History re Darwin. Account of meeting of John Flynn and John Burton in Darwin in 1939.
Correspondence re donations to War Memorial Church, Manse furnishings and proposed Eventide Homes - Rev. N.C. Pearce
Correspondence and reports re general work and integration of Tennant Creek A.I.M. Welfare Club within the United Church in North Australia - Rev. W. Bates 1956-1957.
(Note: All arrangements for building new Manse undertaken by A.I.M. in 1963-1964).
(See also Box 117 Files 3 and 5.)
Correspondence and important historical papers re early negotiations with Federal Methodist Inland Mission re co-operative work 1941-1959.
(Note: Photograph of Alice Springs from Billy Goat Hill 1926 taken by C.H. Holmes of Victorian Railways).
(Note letter and donation from Professor Elkin).
(Note: Function to honour John Flynn as Moderator General)
(Note: Important references re A.I.M. developments in Queensland - A.M.S. started, Pedal Wireless Installations. Deaths of staff in Birdsville, G.A. of A. in Brisbane).
(Note: Historical references to John Flynn's illness, death, funeral, burial of ashes, appointment of new Superintendent).
(Note: Queensland A.I.M. Council and Field Committee now integrated as part of Home Ministry.)
(See also Box 258 File 7 for old Warrawee visitor's book.)
(See also Box 48. File 11.)
(See Also Spalding Papers MS 6935.)
Also various other papers re life and work of Dr. Simpson in connection with A.I.M. Hospitals and A.M.S. Development; Addresses at public functions and memorials. (See also Box 290 package 7 (photos). Folio item 15 Box 4. Simpson Papers MS 812.)
(See also Folio Item 26(i) in Map Section.)
(Note: Formulated press advertisement for Flying Doctor)
(Note: Urgent trip to Innamincka 31/7/1934. First occasion wireless communication with patient from the air), 1934-1935.
(See also Box 51 File 1.)
(Note: Donations of property, equipment staff and $1000 from A.I.M. to A.A.M.S.)
(Note the 1936 situation when Queensland Government proposed a Flying Medical Scheme to replace the A.M.S.), 1935-1939.
(Note: First two aircraft VH UER and VH URI)
(See also Boxes 47, 48 and 49.) Further reference should be made to Boxes 199 and 200 which are out of subject sequence but which contain important historical correspondence re the radio work of A.H. Traeger and M.B. Anderson during the period, 1932-1939.
The Australian Inland Mission was originally created under the auspices of the Federal Home Mission Committee (1912). Certain Home Mission activities which were beyond the normal scope of the State Home Mission Committees were undertaken from time to time by the A.I.M. according to mutually agreed arrangements. In September 1951 the Federal Home Mission Committee was discharged by the General Assembly of Australia and its work and responsibilities transferred entirely to the A.I.M. Board.
Also Agreement with part Aboriginal Dick Gillen as Camel Man, and names and brands of the camels, 1913-1917.
See folio Item 11 for Patrol Baptismal Register.
(See also Boxes 395 and 396.)
(See also Kennedy patrol Register in Box 249.)
(Note: Sturt Patrol was resumed in 1968 under Rev. C. Morey with section of Far West N.S.W. Patrol included)
(Note: Rev. C. Goy resigned in 1942 to undertake Parish work in Melbourne.)
(Note: Condition and arrangement of patrol papers affected by flooding conditions in A.I.M. storage room).
Note: The following boxes continue the record of Rev. Fred McKay's association with A.I.M. work after the 1939-1945 War period.
(See also Boxes 1-9, 201 and 202)
Personal notes, papers re 1916 Crisis (Fergusson), Kidman Correspondence.
Papers re first issue of “Frontier News”.
(See also MS 3288 and MS 5639 (Flynn).)
Additional Papers Relating to A.I.M. Radio Communication
(See also Box 56 File 8.)
(See also Boxes 248 and 249 for Office General Administrative Files.)
Correspondence and reports R.F.D.S. Stamp.
(See also Box 48 File 8 re Memorial Cloister.)
Correspondence - Victorian P.R. Office (Mrs Lois Hurse) 1960-1961.
Report re visit to W.A. by Rev. Max Griffiths 1965.
Correspondence - Victorian P.R. Office (Miss F. McKechnic) 1967-1968.
Jubilee year A.I.M. Report to G.A. of A. and related matters 1962.
Correspondence re G.A. of A. Rallies 1957-1959.
Series of press cuttings re significant A.I.M. events and people, Important public statements 1939-1956.
Correspondence re Foundation Stone Ceremony, building materials etc 1954.
Correspondence re Shell Road Map and Architectural Brochure 1956.
Correspondence and reports re building operations
(See also Box 293 for special photographs.)
The following nine (9) boxes contain series of photographs arranged under subjects
Note: Pictures of Rev. F. McKay and Mrs. McKay with Mrs Pauline Fanning arranging for the A.I.M. Collection in the National Library.
Fragile glass negatives (2) of original Homestead set. Photograph of Rev. Fred McKay with portable set on the road.
A.M.S. Base Station at Alice Springs.
Beltana Hospital (Various photographs)
Broome Church Centre (Various photographs)
Pinke Community Service. Photographs of some scenes illustrating employment projects for Aboriginal people (Miss Margaret Bain).
Halls Creek Children's Hostel General photos. Halls Creek Itinerant Nursing Service General photographs.
Maranboy Nursing Home (Various photographs)
Mt. Isa Frontier Parish
Pilbara general area (Various photographs)
Radium Hill Hospital
Victoria River Downs Nursing Home
(See also Boxes 286, 287, 289-293, 297 and 298 for further collections of photographs.)
PLEASE NOTE: the contents of this series has been transferred to the Library's Pictures Collection. Each item has been individually catalogued within PIC P850 Australian Inland Mission collection (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn3044592).
(See also Box 66 File 3)
A.I.M. Scrap Books and Albums
(See also Box 206 - “Frontier News” Files.)
(See also Folio Folio 3 for Plans, Specifications and Contract)
(See also Box 439 File 3 for Copy of Sister Small's Diary)
(Note: Stuart became Alice Springs in 1929).
ILL copies for Box 252 are in folio a bag.
Report of Community Survey Deaconess Jean Houliston, 1951.
Refer Also to Boxes 56 Files 6-11. For further developments and work relating to Home (hostel) for Bush Mothers and Children.
Note crisis of 1952-1954 with proposed closure of home and the voluntary Matronship undertaken by Mrs Margaret McKay in Association with Mrs. Jean Flynn.
(See also Boxes 279-283, 323, 325)
Plans of the Warrawee Hospital S.A.
General correspondence, 1970
Newsletter re Darwin Cyclone, 1975
Record Book re gifts, 1973-1974
Finance correspondence, 1970-1971
Staff records, 1970-1971
Newsletters, correspondence and reports, 1971-1972
General correspondence, 1970-1971
Correspondence with Dept. of Aboriginal Affairs: also memos from headquarters, 1970, 1971
Financial returns, 1971-1972
Staff Sign-on books, 1972
Papers re drugs, 1973
Papers re equipment, 1969-1974
Seminar on outback hospitals and staff letters, 1971
Medical Reports, 1970-1971.
Department of Health reports, 1970-1971.
Correspondence with Community Welfare, 1973
Correspondence with Northern Territory Administration, 1972-1973.
Headquarters correspondence, 1972-1973.
Aboriginal patient records, 1970-1971
Commonwealth Benefit Schedules, 1972.
Monthly returns and general memos, 1974.
Correspondence re Social Security, 1974.
Wage Sheets, 1973-1974.
Thank You Book for Gifts, 1967-1970.
Child Endowment returns, 1973-1974.
Domestic and trained staff employment records, 1971-1975.
Staff Sign-On Book, 1973-1974.
Mothers of patients' Book, 1974.
Receipt Book - including receipts by Rev. A.T. Cottrell for Andamooka, Oodnadatta etc., 1966-1975.
Audio Visuals and films, 1974-1975.
Holden Vehicles (G.M.H.). Papers re the Millionth Holden donated to A.I.M.
Bound Books of Official Minutes. Official Minutes of A.I.M. Board
(See also Boxes 26 and 30.)
(See also Boxes 129-133)
(See also Boxes 57-60)
(See also Box 227.)
(All above are by Rev. F.H. Patterson)
(See also boxes 150-154, 256-263)
(See also Boxes 295 and 296.)
(See also Boxes 216-220.)
(See also photographs in Boxes 221-229, 297-298.)
(See also Boxes 53-56, 306-308, 368-376.)
(See also Boxes 77, 95, 96, 108, 362-363.)
(See also Box 348)
Warrawee Hospital and F.N.C.H.S. closed, December 1974. General correspondence.
(See also Boxes 150-154 and 2570-263.)
Plans, specifications, contracts re Nursing Home extension and Duplex Cottages, 1962-1963.
(See also Boxes 53-56, 295 and 368-376.)
(See also Box 339.)
(See also Boxes 339 and 340.)
Community Health reports, 1975-1977.
(See also Boxes 102-106 and 346-347.)
(See also Boxes 57-60: 284-185, 357.)
(See also Boxes 61 and 62)
(See also Boxes 65-70.)
(See also Boxes 74-77.)
(See also Boxes 309 and 310.)
(See also Box 310)
(See also Boxes 82-86.)
(See also Boxes 87-92.)
(See also Box 440.)
(See also Boxes 102-106, 312-313.)