When the First Fleet arrived in Australia it brought a strong Christian culture and established Christianity firmly in the new colonies. Among the convicts and soldiers were Richard Johnson and Samuel Marsden, two clergymen and the first missionaries to Australia who brought the Gospel with European settlement.

Dr Stephen Chavura is an Australian Research Council senior research associate with a special interest in church and state during this particular era of Australia's history. He discusses the early Christians and the impact they've had on Australia in this interview, the first of two parts.