Roy Williams with Elizabeth Meyers
Rating: 4 / 5
My only knowledge of Arthur Stace came when I was watching the millennium celebrations from Sydney Harbour. The bridge lit up with a copperplate Eternity. I do remember that Eternity was chalked on the footpaths of Sydney by a homeless man and that was the last I thought of it.
This extensive biography of the man who chalked that message has corrected my misconceptions. Much of the first part of the book concerns the family background of Stace and it’s a grim story of poverty, alcoholism and criminality.
Sydney at the beginning of the 20th century is described in great detail and Arthur Stace’s story is one of the journey from hopelessness and depravity to rehabilitation and purpose through his conversion to Christianity in the 1930s.
Stace’s lifelong mission was to remind people that we all have a choice as to where we will spend eternity.