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Rev. Fred Nile, Festival of Light, Sydney
, 1981

by John Williams

montage of gelatin silver photographs

Rev. the Hon Fred Nile (b. 1934) is National President of the Christian Democratic Party. Nile grew up in Sydney, leaving school at 15 and working briefly for an SP bookie before converting to Christianity. He studied at the Melbourne Bible institute for two years and later undertook courses in theology and divinity. In 1948 he volunteered for military service, and he won several decorations for his paramilitary activities up to 1974. He worked as a storeman, clerk and salesman before his ordination as an evangelical congregational minister in 1964. Assistant Director of the 1968 Billy Graham Crusade at the Sydney Showgrounds, in 1974 he became the National Coordinator of the Festival of Light - Community Standards Organisation. He has since organised Australian tours by moral campaigners including Mary Whitehouse, Pat Boone, Mother Teresa, members of the Moral Majority and 'Anti-Militant Homosexuals' Chuck and Donna McIllheny. In 1981 he was elected to the NSW Parliament; he is currently its longest serving member.

Collection: National Portrait Galley, Canberra
Purchased 1999
Accession number: 1999.36