Almost every day for 35 years, Arthur Stace spent hours writing a single word – Eternity – on and around the streets of Sydney. Sometimes his mission took him much further afield, to country New South Wales and even to Melbourne. Stace’s identity was a mystery for more than two decades. Then, after his ‘unmasking’ in 1956, he became a reluctant folk hero. By the time he died, in 1967, his was a household name and the word Eternity was ingrained in the soul of Sydney. It still is.
In this long-awaited biography, the full story of Arthur Stace’s life is told for the first time in vivid and often surprising detail. Drawing upon many original sources, some never before made public, this book will engross Christians and non-believers alike – anyone who loves a great Australian story.
• The first biography of Arthur Stace to have been written – one of the world’s great graffit artists and one of the most significant and interesting figures in Australian Christian history.
• Includes new information from previously unavailable source material
• Over 80 illustrations, both B&W within the text and in colour plates
• Excerpts from personal communications with Arthur Stace
• Extensive notes from a wide range of source material
• Well written, with an engaging style of narrative
• General readers with an interest in biographies and Australian history, and more specifically the local history of the city of Sydney.
• Those with an interest in the history of the Christian church in Australia.
• Stace’s family history
• Arthur’s early life as a working-class battler
• His conversion to evangelical Christianity
• How Arthur’s Christian faith motivated him
• The key influencers in Arthur Stace’s life
• Why Stace was inspired to write Eternity
• How Arthur’s Eternity vision developed over time
• The long-lasting impact of his life.