A CELEBRATION of the man gracing that $20 bill in your pocket is set to take place west of Bendigo on Saturday.
Reverend John Flynn founded the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia.
He was born in Moliagul, Dunolly Museum secretary Rachel Buckley said.
"Really, it's the sort of thing that can get forgotten. There is a monument there to him, which is lovely. Without it, people would be driving through and they wouldn't know," she said.
The Flynn of Moliagul event has been timed to coincide with this month's release of a newly designed $20 banknote by the Reserve Bank of Australia, Ms Buckley said.
Flynn's story has long been displayed on the note, along with that of convict and businesswoman Mary Reibey.
Yet the updated design presents a chance to highlight Moliagul's place in Australia's history, Ms Buckley said.
Flynn was born in the township in 1880. His father taught at the local school.
Flynn left at an early age but his interest in the Outback kept developing.
Flynn was the driving force behind the service's foundation in 1927 after he noticed, during his travels, the lack of medical services for people in the Outback.
A talk at 11am will touch on Flynn's early years and look at the rapid developments he witnessed in air travel, medicine and communications.
Those three forces paved the way for Flynn to establish the flying doctors service.
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The museum has acted as an overreaching body bringing together experts from across the region to tell those stories, Ms Buckley said.
"It's been done on the smell of an oily rag but as people have come together it has become bigger than Ben-Hur, which has been delightful," she said.
Groups involved include the Bendigo Amateur Radio and Electronics Club which will give demonstrations of the wireless technology that evolved in the early years of the flying doctor service.
The Bendigo Historic Motorcycle Club, Kyneton Aero Club and the Moliagul Reserve committee have also been instrumental in organising the event, Ms Buckley said.
The talks and exhibits at the Moliagul School take place between 10am and 5pm.
Admission is free and refreshments will be available.
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