• Arthur Malcolm Stace

Army / Flying Corps
  • 19th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Private

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  • 1914–1915 Star
  • British War Medal
  • Buried with his wife at Botany Cemetery in the Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park (General 15, no. 729)

    Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park

  • Birth

    Redfern NSW 2016, Australia
    Monday, 9 February 1885

  • Enlistment - WW1

    Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
    Saturday, 18 March 1916

  • Discharged medically unfit

    Friday, 2 May 1919

  • Married Ellen Esther ('Pearl') Dawson

    St Barnabas's Anglican Church, Ultimo NSW 2007, Australia
    Thursday, 22 January 1942

  • Death

    Hammondville, Sydney, NSW, Australia
    Sunday, 30 July 1967

Stories and comments
    • Sydney’s famous ‘Eternity Man’ – Arthur Stace – served for three years in the First World War.
    • Posted by NAAadmin, Thursday, 23 October 2014

    Arthur Stace was born in Sydney in 1885. As an adult he recalled a childhood marred by poverty, parental neglect and poor education. He had been a drifter and a heavy drinker for years before he enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) in March 1916. He served with the 19th Battalion but saw only three months frontline service, as a stretcher bearer, before he was evacuated from France sick with pleurisy and bronchitis in April 1917. After hospital treatment he served the rest of the war in depots in Britain. On his return to Australia Stace was supported by a part-pension from the Repatriation Department for neurasthenia, but otherwise he was often unemployed and in poor health. In 1930, at his lowest ebb, he became a practicing Christian and decided to abstain from alcohol forever. In 1932 he chanced to hear the charismatic Baptist preacher John Ridley preach on theme 'Where will you spend Eternity?' Inspired, he claimed, by God, and with a piece of chalk in his pocket, Stace knelt as he left the church and wrote the word ‘Eternity’ on the footpath. Stace continued to write his one-word sermon - 'Eternity' - on footpaths and hoardings in Sydney for the rest of his life. His identity as Sydney’s mysterious ‘Eternity Man’ was revealed in 1956. Arthur Stace died in 1967.