There are two local links to the Australian Inland Mission. Firstly, John Flynn was a Home Missionary at the Pakenham Presbyterian Church in 1908-1909. I believe a Home Missionary was sent to smaller churches, usually in country areas, who couldn't support an ordained Minister. John Flynn was was born in 1880 in Moliagul Victoria to Thomas and Rosetta (nee Lester ) Flynn . He was a ‘pupil teacher’ with the Education Department from 1898 to 1902. He began study as a ‘student lay pastor’ in 1903 and did further study at the Presbyterian Theological Hall and was ordained in 1911. He died in 1951.
I have found two references to the Reverend Flynn and his time at Pakenham in the South Bourke and Mornington Journal available on Trove. The first was from February 3 1909 and is a report of the St James Church of England Sunday School picnic where amongst the visitors was Mr Flynn, the Presbyterian Minister and many of our Romans Catholic and other denominational friends. Pakenham was obviously a very ecumenical town. The second report from May 12 1909 (reproduced below) was of a very pleasing and instructive evening held at the Pakenham Mechanics Institute when Mr J. Flynn delivered his lecture Along the Snowy River.
South Bourke and Mornington Journal, May 12 1909, page 2 http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66200050
The memorial to the Reverend Victor Murrell outside the Uniting Church at Pakenham. These photographs are from the Casey Cardinia Remembers website and are used with permission.
According to a report in the South Bourke and Mornington Journal of February 13, 1907 the Presbyterian Church in Pakenham was officially opened on Sunday, January 27 1907, so when John Flynn arrived sometime in 1908 it would have been a very new building. The Presbyterians had previously met at the Mechanics' Institute. The Church was was built by Alex Miller of Berwick and painted and varnished by C. and J. Warne also of Berwick. It was a weatherboard building and could seat one hundred people. The building cost £125 and initially the congregation had to supply £35 and the Home Mission Committee £100 which would cost £10 in interest over ten years, however £80 was raised by the congregation so they could start their worship in their church really free from any anxiety as to ways and means. A new brick church was opened in October 1960 and the original church was moved back on the block and used as a Sunday School and it was demolished around 1987 to accommodate extensions to the Church.