Bob Posted July 17, 2008 Report Share Posted July 17, 2008 (edited) With the advent of flight travel across Australia's Outback, there began other ideas, such as Rev Dr Flynn's idea of a "flying" doctor service for all those Aussies miles from any township that might need regular or emergency medical treatment.1925 saw the beginning of Dr Flynn, a Presbyterian minister, using QANTAS to ferry patients and doctors around the Outback.Flynn's idea of a flying doctor also involved the need for a wireless transmitter to call up. Simple wirelesses were made up and sent out to hundreds of properties across Queensland, to top of South Australia, Northern Territory even into Western Australia.The Royal Flying Doctor Service became the catalyst for educating kids on remote Outback stations (ranches) who wouldn't or couldn't get to any school nearby.In 1951, the School of the Air began using the Royal Flying Doctor's wireless sets for the kids to call up and listen to teachers hundreds of miles away in some of the big Outback towns dotted around Australia.Longreach is the base for south west Queensland covering an area half the size of South Africa!They have 300 kids living on stations within that area who need the School of the Air for their primary and secondary education.The studios where the teachers interact with the kids out on the stationsWork is sent in special satchels thro the Post to and from the School.Some of the children's workSome of the kids on the stations holding their own "Olympic Games" doing shooting, archery, etc. for funthe librarythe kids travel hundreds of miles / kilometres, at government expense, across dirt roads perhaps, to attend a school session of two weeks once a year. Here they actually get to meet their mates of the air for the first time.Dorms where they live for the fortnight at schoolat school they are put thro a course to teach them basic computer skills, drama and other activities that can't be tackled over the airand artworkthe kids are asked if they'd like to put their name to a paver . . . . . for old time's sakethe staff Edited July 17, 2008 by Bob Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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