Almost a saint-Mary Glowrey

Almost a saint-Mary Glowrey

Listen to the story of Mary Glowrey. Mary Glowrey was an Australian Catholic Christian who went to India after the first World War and spent her working life caring for the sick there. Broadcast on Songs of Hope on Southern FM 88.3 on 8Jan17

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Australian Catherine Hamlin helps Ethiopians

Australian Catherine Hamlin helps Ethiopians

Watch the video of the story of Catherine Hamlin, a Christian Australian doctor who went to Ethiopia and started mid-wifery schools and a hospital to help women before and after childbirth. Broadcast on 19Jun16 on Songs of Hope.

Queens oath to uphold Gods laws

At her coronation in 1953 our Queen promised to uphold Gods laws to the best of her ability. Hear an explanation here in our podcast for 5Jun16. Talk time 3min.

Collected by the co-author of The Servant Queen and the King she serves, here are the top 10 things Queen Elizabeth II has said about her faith and how it affects the way she lives her life:

  1. “For me, the life of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, whose birth we celebrate today, is an inspiration and an anchor in my life. A role-model of reconciliation and forgiveness, he stretched out his hands in love, acceptance and healing. Christ’s example has taught me to seek to respect and value all people of whatever faith or none.” (2014)
  2. “I know just how much I rely on my faith to guide me through the good times and the bad. Each day is a new beginning. I know that the only way to live my life is to try to do what is right, to take the long view, to give of my best in all that the day brings, and to put my trust in God!” (2002)
  3. “Although we are capable of great acts of kindness, history teaches us that we sometimes need saving from ourselves – from our recklessness or our greed. God sent into the world a unique person – neither a philosopher nor a general (important though they are) – but a Saviour, with the power to forgive.” (2011)
  4. “To many of us our beliefs are of fundamental importance. For me the teachings of Christ and my own personal accountability before God provide a framework in which I try to lead my life. I, like so many of you, have drawn great comfort in difficult times from Christ’s words and example.” (2000)
  5. “Forgiveness lies at the heart of the Christian faith. It can heal broken families, it can restore friendships and it can reconcile divided communities. It is in forgiveness that we feel the power of God’s love.” (2011)
  6. “The gift I would most value next year is that reconciliation should be found wherever it is needed. A reconciliation which would bring peace and security to families and neighbours at present suffering and torn apart. Remember that good spreads outwards and every little does help. Mighty things from small beginnings grow as indeed they grew from the small child of Bethlehem.” (1976)
  7. “Christ not only revealed to us the truth in his teachings. He lived by what he believed and gave us the strength to try to do the same – and, finally, on the cross, he showed the supreme example of physical and moral courage.” (1981)
  8. “This is the time of year when we remember that God sent his only son ‘to serve, not to be served’. He restored love and service to the centre of our lives in the person of Jesus Christ.” (2012)
  9. “In difficult times we may be tempted to find excuses for self-indulgence and to wash our hands of responsibility. Christmas stands for the opposite… we need to go out and look for opportunities to help those less fortunate than ourselves, even if that service demands sacrifice.” (1980)
  10. “For Christians, as for all people of faith, reflection, meditation and prayer help us to renew ourselves in God’s love, as we strive daily to become better people. The Christmas message shows us that this love is for everyone. There is no one beyond its reach.” (2013)

Caroline Chisholm – the emigrants friend

Caroline Chisholm was a devout Christian who helped immigrants and Australian immigration in the 19th century. She was honored by appearing on the Australian $5 note for some years. Listen again to her story in 7 minutes by pressing play or download. Her story went to air on 22May16 on “Songs of Hope”.

Mary Reibey – entrepeneur and Christian

Mary Reibey – entrepeneur and Christian

On 10April2016 our “Christian who made a difference” was Mary Reibey.

Mary Reiby came to Australia as a very young convict girl. She later became a successful and respected business woman, and a woman of significant Christian influence and philanthropy. You will have seen her picture many times as it appears on Australia’s $20 note. Her name is Mary Reibey.

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Today we introduce a woman who came to Australia as a very young convict girl. She later became a successful and respected business woman, and a woman of significant Christian influence and philanthropy. You will have seen her picture many times as it appears on Australia’s $20 note. Her name is Mary Reibey.

Born in 1777, in Lancaster, England as Mary Haydock, she was raised by her grandmother after her parents died. Her grandmother sent her to be a house servant. But, at the young age of 13 she ran away from her employer and was arrested for stealing a horse. At the time she was dressed as a boy and it wasn’t until after she had been sentenced to transportation that the authorities realised she was a girl. When she was only 15 she was transported to Australia for 7 years.

She arrived in Sydney in October 1792 and was assigned as a nursemaid in the household of Major Fransis Grose, the lieutenant-governor. On 7 September 1794 she married Thomas Reibey, a young Irishman who was a junior officer on the East India Company’s store ship Britannia.

Thomas was an astute businessman and developed a grain-carrying business on the Hawskesbury River. He then imported general merchandise and traded the Hunter and Hawkesbury Rivers with coal, cedar and wheat. He was engaged in sealing in Bass Strait and trade in the Pacific Islands and made trips to India and China in the course of his business.

On the death of her husband in 1811, and his partner Edward Wills a month later, Mary Reibey was left with seven children and in entire control of numerous business concerns. However, she was a hotel-keeper, and already had had experience in assisting her husband and managing his interests when he was absent on voyages.
Mary Reibey gradually rose to respectability and affluence in New South Wales society. She gained the respect of Governor Lachlan Macquarie. She opened a new warehouse in George Street in 1812 and continued to manage her husband’s ships. Shse extended her operations by buying the John Palmer and in 1817 the brig Governor Macquarie.

In 1816 her property included seven farms on the Hawkesbury and her wealth was said to be about £20,000. By 1820 she held 1000 acres, or 405 hectares, of land, half of them having been granted to her.

In March 1820 she took her daughters Celia and Eliza to England, and in Lancashire she was received with interest and admiration.

Returning the next year to Sydney, her business interests continued to flourish and she made extensive investments in city property, erecting many elegant buildings. Mary was involved with the formation of the Bank of New South Wales in 1817. This bank is now called Westpac and is one of the largest Banking Corporations in Australia today.

Mary was enterprising and willing to perservere in everything she undertook. Mary was progressive in an era when the role of women was one of limited social interaction,. She was widely respected and lauded for her success as a businesswoman
Although Mary was a very successful business woman, she took time out for church activities and philanthropic pursuits. She also took a keen interest in education and in 1825 she was appointed one of the governors of the Free Grammar School. She was heavily involved in the work of the church and the Bishop, William Broughton, commended her work in the cause of religion generally and of the Church of England in particular.At the age of 50, Mary began to withdraw from direct management of the business and focus on social issues. This she did until her death in 1855.

Two novels have been written about Mary Reibey’s life. The novel Sarah Dane, by Catherine Gaskin, only loosely based on the facts, sold over 2 million copies. It was also made into a television mini-series in 1982. The novel Mary Reibey by Kathleen Pullen tells her story more accurately.

Westpac , the bank Mary helped set up as the Bank of New South Wales, now offers the Mary Reibey Grant. Each year this grant goes to a Not- for-Profit organisation that enables opportunities for disadvantaged women. Also named in her honour is the Reibey Institute, a not-for-profit research centre which provides insight and exploration of Australian women’s leadership issues.

Mary Reibey was a woman from a disadvantaged background. She became a practising Christian who achieved a lot in business and contributed a lot to others’ welfare in the early days of colonial Australia. Her place on the $20 note and in the affections of Australians is well earned.