His training and initial posting after ordination saw Flynn
working in a number of then-remote areas throughout Victoria and South
Australia. By 1912, after writing a report for his church superiors on the
difficulties of ministering to such a widely scattered population, Flynn was
made the first superintendent of the Australian Inland Mission.
began his missionary work during a time when there were only two doctors
servicing an area of some 300,000 sq km in Western Australia and 1,500,000 sq km
in the Northern Territory. As well as tending to spiritual matters for the
people of the Australian Outback, Flynn was quick to establish the need for
medical care, establishing a number of bush hospitals.
This was only to
scratch the surface of the problem caring for people in the remote outback. The
tyranny of distances and communication remained a problem with many people dying
from the lack of medical treatment.
By 1917, Flynn was looking at the new
technology of radio and airplanes and how to use them in providing acute medical
‘Flynn of the Inland’, the founder of the Flying Doctor
Service, is one of Australia’s
John Flynn’s ashes was laid to rest in this small reserve
are laid to rest in the region he called home.