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Biographical entry Flynn, John (1880 - 1951)

25 November 1880
Moliagul, Victoria, Australia
5 May 1951
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Minister and Missionary


John Flynn became founder and superintendent of the Australian Inland Mission of the Presbyterian Church of Australia 1912. In May 1928 he began the Aerial Medical Service for people in remote areas of inland Australia, which still survives today as the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Published resources


  • Hains, Brigid, The Ice and the Inland: Mawson, Flynn and the Myth of the Frontier, Melbourne University Press, Carlton, 2002, 219 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Bucknall, Graeme, 'Flynn, John (1880-1951), Presbyterian minister', in Bede Nairn and Geoffrey Serle (eds), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 8, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1981, pp. 531-534. Also available at Details


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See also

Rosanne Walker