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By: Ruth and Russell Beazley

A Blessed Journey of Two Pilgrims

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Ruth and Russell Beazley, Order of Australia recipients, led extraordinary lives helping others in the service of God, first as missionaries in Arnhem Land, Australia and then in The Salvation Army, Darwin. Ruth was a Triple Certificate Sister; Russell was an excellent, innovative agriculturalist, growing the first-ever crops of peanuts and cypress seedlings, to go with pineapples, bananas, and cassava. As well he ran a saw-mill.  

When the Whitlam government closed the missionaries, the Beazleys moved to Darwin. Ruth opened mobile Thrift shops across an immense area of the Top End. She supported financially the work of The Salvation Army Alcoholic Rehabilitation Centre where Russell was a Welfare Officer. He was also a part-time prison Chaplain to Berrimah Goal, and did 22 years of Hotel Visiting Ministry, retiring at 80. The Beazleys also ran an award-winning Companion Club in Darwin, and raised a family. Their service has evidenced “living life to the full”, and of coping magnificently with change. This is their compelling story. 

Russell Beazley is a sprightly 94-year-old who lives in Darwin, Australia, in his own home. He is a humble man of driving Christian faith and principles that direct every facet of his life. Together with his beloved wife, Ruth, first as Methodist missionaries in Arnhem Land and later as innovative Salvationists in Darwin, he often had to be an innovative problem-solver for some unusual situations, as well as a wise philosopher and counsellor.

Russell and Ruth have two sons, eleven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.   

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  • Catherine Oliver

    Russell Beazley is an absolutely extraordinary, joyous person who would never agree to be called that! He has dedicated his life to the service of God and is living proof of his steadfast faith. This book, which traces his and his wife Ruth's lives as establishment missionaries in the Top End of Australia from 1947 - 1968, is not only a testimony to a great couple but is a witness to a part of Australian history that can never exist again. Russell and Ruth brought Western agriculture, timber felling and milling, nursing, religion and education to meet the Indigenous communities who met and worked with them in total cooperative harmony. The tribal elders willingly gave rare permission for personal photos taken by the couple to be reproduced in this autobiography: evidence of the remarkable bond that sprang up between them. The result is an outstanding and historic photographic record of life in Arnhem Land as Russell and Ruth knew it.

    On moving to Darwin, this dynamic duo did not retire but lit up the Salvation Army there with many innovative schemes for the community.
    Reading of their lives; always fired up in the service of God, is motivating and inspiring. Russell is still sprightly at 95 and takes an active interest in his family particularly, and everything around him.

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