Hollows

The Hollows House has been named after Fred Hollows.

Fred Hollows was an eye doctor who spent his life helping those who couldn’t afford, or access, basic eye care. He worked really hard to end avoidable blindness and improve the health of Indigenous Australians. In the late 1960s and 1970s Fred was shocked to discover that Aboriginal Australians were suffering from some of the worst eye diseases he had ever seen. So he decided to do something about it. He travelled with a team of 80 doctors to 465 remote communities, helping more than 60,000 Indigenous people and giving away over 10,000 pair of glasses.

This was just the beginning of Fred’s long campaign to improve health services for Aboriginal people. In the 1980s and 90s, Fred discovered that millions of people in poor communities around the world were also going blind because of eye disease. Most of them were suffering from cataract blindness, an eye disease that causes the lens of the eye to become cloudy and fuzzy. Luckily, cataract blindness is easy to fix. Eye doctors just take out the old cloudy lens and replace it with a new plastic one, allowing people to see again. Fred decided to raise enough money to build lens factories in Eritrea and Nepal to reduce the cost of these operations from hundreds of dollars to just $25, so that millions of people around the world could have their sight restored. Fred was named Australian of the Year in 1990 for his efforts to help others.

ANZAC

ANZAC House has been named to honour the ANZAC’s.

ANZAC‘ stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. On the 25th of April 1915, Australian and New Zealand soldiers formed part of the allied expedition that set out to capture the Gallipoli peninsula. These became known as Anzacs and the pride they took in that name continues to this day.

Gilmore

Dame Mary Gilmore (1865–1962)
Mary Gilmore was born near Goulburn, New South Wales. She became a teacher and a writer and was editor of the women’s pages of the Australian Worker newspaper for 23 years.
In 1886, Gilmore went to Paraguay in South America to join a group of Australians who planned to set up a new colony where everyone would be equal and would work together. This colony was not successful.

After some years, Gilmore came back to Australia with her husband. She spent the rest of her life writing, doing her editing work and fighting for people who needed help. These included Aboriginal people, children who were forced to work in factories and shearers who were being underpaid. She also fought hard for women’s rights.

In 1937 she was made Dame Mary Gilmore by King George VI. A suburb of Canberra is named after her and her picture is on the $10 note and on stamps

Flynn

John Flynn

During his study to become a minister, John Flynn remembered the tough life of the outback where he was raised. This lead him to becoming the founder of the Australian Royal Flying Doctor Service. His kind personality and determination saved many people’s lives and he should be recognized as one of Australia’s greatest heroes.

John Flynn was born on November 25, 1880 in Moliagul, Central Victoria. His mother died when he was two years old, leaving his father to raise his family in the bush. His first ambition was to become a church minister. He pursued his goal and studied at Melbourne University for minister qualifications. Whilst he was working as a minister, an opportunity popped up concerning the bush people and how the church could help. Flynn happily accepted this opportunity to get involved. His outstanding report convinced the church leaders to allow him to proceed with his ideas and suggestions.
John and his fellow ministers, “Flynn’s Mob,” set out to assist people in the bush. John was determined to provide people living in outback areas access to medical support and care. Flynn told his fellow ministers to go out there and listen to the people. He established fifteen hospitals throughout the Australian countryside. Even though the hospitals were accessible there was still the problem of transporting sick and dying people there. The idea of taking medical help to where it was needed was introduced and pursued. Not many people consider the disadvantages of life in the outback and actually do something about it. John Flynn took action and didn’t just talk about his deeds; he saved lives and his legacy lives on. His thoughtfulness for others and determination for greater good show he is a real hero.

The first year was a great success, 255 patients’ lives were saved by Dr. St. Vincent Welch. That is 255 lives saved because of John Flynn’s consideration. “He had a deep practical concern about the needs of bush people, and the graves in the inland of people who should never have died worried him.” (McKay)

The medical flight service was very successful except for the one problem of people not being able to communicate. This problem was soon solved by the introduction of pedal powered radio communications and the establishment of an aerial medical service. In 1934 the flying doctor service of Australia was officially established (the “Royal” was added at the beginning in 1955).

John Flynn married Jean Blanch Baird at the age of 51 in 1932. She was appointed secretary of the flying doctor service and helped her husband pursue his goal of helping disadvantaged people in the Australian outback. On the 5th of May, 1951, John Flynn died of cancer. For such a fine man, he didn’t deserve to die of cancer. John Flynn is a true hero in my eyes and not just a stereotypical celebrity.

“Hero definition: ‘A man of distinguished courage or performance, admired for his noble qualities’.”