Recorded on May 17, 2005 and May 24, 2005 at Kingswood, South Australia.
Digital master available National Library of Australia;
Geoffrey Bingham talks about his parents, their background, his relatives, siblings and their life at Wahroonga, NSW; the centrality of church in his life, his certainty of God and his call to the ministry; his education; his father's reaction to him going into the Anglican ministry; leaving home and moving to Sydney to complete his education; attending Moore College to study Theology and his memories of his time there; his first meeting with Laurel Chapman (his future wife) in 1939; the war and his enlistment into the army; recruit training, army life; his embarkation for overseas service in January 1941; his Christian faith and army life; how he became known as the 'battling padre'; Malaya and his first impressions of Singapore and the beauty of Malaya; jungle warfare training; editing battalion magazines; how some of his articles came to be played on the ABC; the difference between the Australian and British views of the Japanese invasion of Malaya; recalls the signal technology of the time and the ferocity of Japanese attack; the withdrawal to Singapore; being wounded and captured as a Prisoner of War (POW) from a field hospital; the Changi prison camp, the loss of heart of Allied troops and the attempts at self-survival; the daily functioning of life in camp; the formation of a group for Bible studies. More information to follow.
Geoffrey Bingham had a ministry throughout six States of Australia and in a number of countries overseas. An Anglican minister trained at Moore Theological College, he had pastored one church before going to Pakistan with his family under the aegis of the Church Missionary...