Who was Richard Johnson?
Richard Johnson is one of Australia’s forgotten pioneers.
Appointed chaplain to the planned colony of New South Wales he set sail with the First Fleet, arriving on January 26th, 1788. On February 3rd, Johnson conducted the first Christian service under the trees of Sydney cove.
Johnson's contributions to farming, education, convict welfare and indigenous relations were invaluable to the survival of the early colony.
The Richard Johnson lecture, named in his memory, seeks to examine the place of Christianity in public life—its legacy and contribution to the common good. (Read more...)
The Richard Johnson Lecture is an activity of the Centre for Public Christianity. The lecture seeks to highlight Christianity's relevance to contemporary society and positively contribute to public discourse on key aspects of civil life.