Officially opening a service to celebrate the 226th anniversary of the first Church Service held on Australian soil, Her Excellency Prof. Marie Bashir AC CVO, Governor of NSW, noted the remarkable work and achievements of the Rev. Richard Johnson.
Greg Whitehead of the Australian Christian Nation Association presided over the service.
After a prayer offered by the Hon Rev. Fred Nile MLC, greetings were then offered by a number of organisation, including Australians for Constitutional Monarchy. Executive Director, Jai Martinkovits, spoke about the pillars of our nation – something which is explained in detail on our ACM's educational website, www.crownedrepublic.com.au.
In reference to the sixth pillar, Federation, Mr. Martinkovits made particular mention of the strong desire expressed by the people to be a nation under God. We can see this reflected in the Preamble to the Constitution Act, "The People, humbly relying on the blessing of Almighty God, have agreed to unite in one indissoluble Federal Commonwealth under The Crown".