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Elizabeth Fry: ‘I was in prison and you came to visit me’

by Eleni Arapoglou In a dark, crammed room, the dampness rose like an invisible, oppressive enemy, piercing every joint and bone; while the foul stench of urine, faeces, dirt and sweat completely overwhelmed all the people in the room. Fear replaced sleep, as petty thieves and children endured these miserable conditions side-by-side with convicted murderers. […]

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Evan Roberts: The great Christmas awakening

By Graham McDonald It was Boxing Day, 1903. Around 40,000 people, mainly coalminers, went to the city of Cardiff in Wales (in the United Kingdom) for a big celebration; but, as usually happened, thousands ended up the worse for wear because of their excessive drinking. There was violence and trouble in the streets, and police […]

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Captain Mitsuo Fuchida: Leaving Pearl Harbor and hatred behind

by Tim White Captain Mitsuo Fuchida was more excited than usual as he awoke that morning. As general commander of the air squadron, he made some last-minute checks on intelligence information, then went to warm up his plane. Three hundred and sixty Japanese planes, led by Captain Fuchida, headed towards Hawaii. He knew the goal […]

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Mary MacKillop: Caring for children and the poor

by Annie Hamilton The tiny face of the boy in the rowing boat was screwed up in fear. Every time Mary MacKillop visited the orphanage at Kincumber on the Central Coast of NSW, three boys were sent to Woy Woy to transport her the five kilometres across Brisbane Waters. Two boys rowed, and the other […]