About the author


Alana Milson

Alana is a primary school teacher. She and her husband, David lived in Cairns for over 17 years but are now living in Cape York in a remote Aboriginal community. Alana enjoys teaching in many different capacities, reading missionary biographies and pursuing biblical womanhood.


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    Beautifully written. Thank God for people like this and thankyou for telling their story.

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    I agree very beautifully written. I was very encouraged to read it thank you. A good reminder that you never know how much of an influence you might be to others.

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    Thank you Alana for so much background information that I didn’t know and for clarifying some things that I was a bit hazy about.
    A memory of mine is dear Sybil with her thin white hair tied in a bun at the back of her head, sitting at the entrance of the local supermarket while Fred did the shopping. As people came past she reached out with a little tract and said,’Here dear, take this, and see what good things the Lord has done for you”. Many took them. For her, there was no thought of embarrassment or fear of what people might think. She knew what her Lord Jesus (I LOVED the way she said ‘Jesus’) thought of her and that was all that mattered.
    I loved the way she would run her hands over the photos of the ones they left behind as she said, “These are our children”, and the gentleness in her voice as she said it. As the stars in the sky, they are – well, close. :)
    You may not have had the chance to learn from her (except how to play ‘Hunt the Thimble’) but you do have her fearless spirit to speak out Gods Word and the most loving heart I have ever met.
    May God grant you MANY children like Fred and Sybils. X Mum

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    Janet McKinney

    Well done Alana. Yes the Pucknells were a big influence in my life as I grew up. I remember them coming out to our farm to visit one Sunday afternoon – in the litttle dark grey car (Hillman I think) they drove. I did many of the Emmaus Bible correspondence courses with Fred – and gave me a deep foundation of bible knowledge. I remember Fred at the door every Sunday morning with her red winter coat – to wrap her up in before she reached the colder air.
    Janet McKinney

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    Eddie FREE

    Alana, fancy hearing about you again after so many years, and being able to enjoy your website, and article about the Pucknells. They were a blessing were they not ? Contact us again and tell us a bit about your history since we last met all those long years ago.

    By the way, I got the contact through Mrs POLLEY’S Christmas letter just received.


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    Thanks for writing of this couple. So amazing to think about their influence in the world as well as in your life. By God’s grace my some be encouraged by us as well!


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