“Eternity to be proclaimed above Sydney Harbour” — Friday 5th June

Posted on June 4, 2020 
Filed under History, People

Here’s a media release relating to a planned documentary on Arthur Stace:

“20 years after ETERNITY was shared with the world at the Sydney Millennium Fireworks and in the opening ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, the one-word sermon will appear above the Sydney Harbour Bridge on Friday 5 June at 8.30am. (and again at 3:00pm)

ETERNITY will be visible in the Arthur Stace ‘Mr Eternity’ copperplate font for all to see until approximately 9.00am.

This one-word sermon has been part of Sydney’s DNA for almost 90 years. It was first written on Sydney’s streets in Darlinghurst outside the Burton Street Baptist Tabernacle after the John Ridley sermon ‘Echoes of Eternity’ by Arthur Stace in 1932 – the same year the ABC began broadcasting and the same year as the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Mr Stace’s identity was a mystery for 25 years, making newspaper headlines and capturing public imagination. The word ETERNITY was seen on our streets throughout some of the most significant moments in recent history including the Great Depression, the duration of WW2 and Don Bradman’s cricket career, the launch of television in Australia, Queen Elizabeth’s first Royal visit, the 1959 Billy Graham Crusades, Australia adopting decimal currency, and the introduction of the postcode system in Australia.

The longevity and consistency of Arthur Stace’s mission will feature in a new documentary being produced by the Australian Television & Media Group. …”

– Read the full media release (PDF file).

Update: Here’s one view of how it looked this morning, from western Sydney –

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