Many Christians observed Christian Heritage Sunday on the first Sunday of February. This celebrates the Christian heritage of Australia and the first sermon given on Australian soil on February 3, 1788, by Richard Johnson.

Dr Stephen Chavura is an Australian Research Council senior research associate with a special interest in church and state during Australia's early years. In Parts 2 and 3 of this interview, Dr Chavura talks about Johnson's first sermon, the Christian optimism driving Australia's early Christians, and the importance of remembering Australia's Christian history.

Part 1 of this interview can be heard here.