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Royal Flying Doctor Service

Julia Leeds and Nino Di Marco talk about the history of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland Section).

Reverend John Flynn, a Presbyterian Minister and Superintendent of the Australian Inland Mission, is a revered figure in Australian history for his painstaking work in establishing the Royal Flying Doctor Service and supporting communities in rural Australia. He was motivated to address the isolation of remote workers and families, which he described as the awesome silence of the outback.

The RFDS history is characterised by resilient and courageous pilots and medical staff who frequently operate in hazardous or trying situations at any time of the day or night. While the organisation now delivers 270,000 patient outcomes annually, it continues to maintain the ethos, values and ethics of its formative years, achieving Flynn’s vision of providing a mantle of safety to the outback.

This digital story was created in recognition of 2011 Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame inductee, Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland Section)

Cast: State Library of Queensland

Tags: Queensland, business, QBLHOF and history

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Sir John Nosworthy

Elizabeth Nosworthy AO and Brian McCafferty talk about Sir John Nosworthy.

Sir John Nosworthty was admitted as a solicitor in 1936 and, following service in World War II, joined Morris Fletcher & Cross Solicitors, where he became widely known and respected for his corporate and commercial work.

In 1973, he received an Order of the British Empire – Commander (Civil) and in 1988 was awarded a Knighthood.
His was an era when Queensland still housed the headquarters of many of its own companies, just prior to the wave of mergers and acquisitions in the 1970s and 80s. He was a proud champion of Queensland business and widely acclaimed as an outstanding chairman and all-round leader of his time.

This digital story was created in recognition of 2011 Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame inductee, Sir John Nosworthy

Cast: State Library of Queensland

Tags: Queensland, business, QBLHOF and history

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Thiess Pty Ltd

Martin Albrecht talks about the history of Thiess Pty Ltd.

The Thiess brothers, Les, Bert, Stan, Pat and Cecil, started the business and were both innovators and early adopters of machinery technology. This brought them substantial contracts during Wold War II, laying the foundation for future business success. The major turning point in its history, however, occurred when, as a result of being the first Australian company to be awarded a major works contract on the Snowy Mountains’ project, it developed into an engineering company.

The character and culture of Thiess is forever embedded and deeply rooted in its Queensland history. Its success owes much to the remarkable entrepreneurship and “ can do“ attitude of the Thiess brothers and, later, outstanding leadership of the company by Martin Albrecht AC for nearly a quarter of a century. The company remains headquartered in Queensland.

This digital story was created in recognition of 2011 Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame inductee, Thiess Pty Ltd

Cast: State Library of Queensland

Tags: Queensland, business, QBLHOF and history

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