“Ask Australians who was the most famous ANZAC of the First World War and most will probably answer, ‘Simpson, the man with the donkey.’
But if you were to ask the soldiers who fought in that War, you would have got quite a different answer. For them the most famous ANZAC of the Great War was Captain William McKenzie – a courageous, enthusiastic Christian minister keen on evangelism but utterly against booze, brothels and bad language.
At the end of the war, McKenzie was so popular that it would take him more than three hours to reach the Sydney Town Hall from his office on Goulburn Street, just three blocks away. People mobbed him just to shake his hand.
This is the extraordinary story of the ANZAC clergyman who won the hearts of a nation and for himself the nickname, ‘Fighting Mac’”
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