Article link: How Billy Graham Got Under Our Secular Skin (by Hugh Chilton, from the Centre for Public Christianity)
“It comes as a surprise to most people to learn that the attendance record of the Melbourne Cricket Ground has been unbroken for almost sixty years. Despite a succession of Boxing Day tests, Grand Finals, and touring superstars, never has the 130,000-plus crowd that gathered on a Sunday afternoon in 1959 been surpassed.
“More surprising, certainly, is the thing that drew them: an open-air church service. Hymn-singing, prayers, testimonies, and the climax – a sermon by a visiting American evangelist calling Australians to be turn back to God for forgiveness and new life.”