Arthur Stace, AKA Mr Eternity, 3 July 1963.
Photo: Trevor James Robert Dallen/Fairfax Media
One Man. One Word.
Eternity. It’s the one word that has captivated the people of Sydney and beyond. For 30 years, from the 1930s to the 1960s, ‘Eternity’ was written in beautiful copperplate script with yellow chalk on the pavements of Sydney, country New South Wales, Newcastle and Melbourne.
It took just one man, Arthur Stace, “Mr Eternity”, an underclass battler, former drunk and criminal to inspire an entire city. Arthur’s story is an Australian story and one we all need to read.
You can discover the true story of this unlikely Australian icon in Mr Eternity: The Story of Arthur Stace. Written by award-winning Australian author Roy Williams with Elizabeth Meyers, whose parents were close friends of Arthur Stace, Mr Eternity includes photos and letters made public for the first time, as well as intriguing stories about the life of this inspiring man
Help make Mr Eternity the talk of the town:
1. Search for Mr Eternity:
To celebrate the release of Mr Eternity: The Story of Arthur Stace, we’ve chalked the streets of Sydney. There are 200 Mr Eternity chalkings in Sydney for you to find. When you find a Mr Eternity chalking, snap a pic, upload to your social media accounts including the location and hashtag #mreternity.
2. Get chalking:
Grab a stick of chalk, etch “Eternity” (copperplate style or any style is okay) on the footpath of your local hood and share on Instagram and Facebook with hashtag #mreternity.
Is it legal to chalk?
In NSW - Yes. Section 4(5) of the NSW Graffiti Control Act protects the right to mark public footpaths or public pavements in chalk. It’s been called “Arthur’s law”. So … get chalking! But be careful not to do it on private property.
Other states and territories: You will need to check with your local Council or just chalk on your driveway or pavement within your property.
Who is the mysterious ‘Mr Eternity’?
Authors Roy Williams and Elizabeth Meyers talk about their involvement in writing Mr Eternity: The Story of Arthur Stace
Rev. John Ridley’s ‘Echoes of Eternity’ sermon
Hear the re-creation of the sermon from Rev John Ridley that inspired Arthur to take “Eternity” to the streets:
Radio interview with Arthur Stace
The one and only radio interview with Arthur Stace from 1964.
Buy the book
Mr Eternity: The Story of Arthur Stace is available to purchase as an ebook or paperback from late October.
The paperback can be purchased through Koorong, instore and online at www.koorong.com.
What do others have to say about the book?
"Now this humble man who became a Sydney legend has the biography he deserves."
- Clover Moore, Lord Mayor of Sydney
"Arthur's story, so beautifully told by Roy and Elizabeth, resonates very strongly with my long-held belief in the universal importance and value of commitment, perseverance and, most of all, passion."
- Remo Giuffre, Found, REMO General Store
"I grew up on the legend of Arthur Stace, and his scrawled Eternity, that Mum pointed out all over the countryside, was one of the first things that captured my imagination. And now here he is, the man himself!"
- Peter FitzSimons, Author and Sydney Morning Herald columnist