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Robert Mitchell bush missionary
Title : Robert Mitchell bush missionary Robert Mitchell bush missionary
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Date of creation : ca. 1897
Format : Photograph
Dimensions : 155 x 200 mm
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The Smith of Dunesk Mission was an inter-denominational organisation set up principally to convert Aboriginal people. In particular, the fund came to support the work of Presbyterian ministers working with the people of the outback. From 1882 co-director Rev. Robert Mitchell was based in Port Augusta, travelling widely through the bush. He rented a cottage at Beltana from 1894 and, accompanied by his daughter Agnes, toured the isolated communities visiting shearers and station hands, miners, railway workers, Afghans and Aboriginal communities. The two frequently camped in the open and travelled with a portable pedal organ, which Miss Mitchell played in homesteads and shearing sheds to accompany services conducted by her father. They were warmly welcomed wherever they went.
Related names :

Mitchell, Agnes

Mitchell, Robert, 1851-1929

Smith of Dunesk Mission (Beltana, S. Aust.)

Coverage year : 1897
Place : Beltana (S. Aust.)
Region : Flinders Ranges and Far North - Outback
Further reading :
Duguid, Phyllis E. A brief account of the Smith of Dunesk Bequest, [Adelaide: P.E. Duguid, 1937]
Fiddian, JR. Robert Mitchell of the inland, [Melbourne: JR Fiddian], 1931
Love, JH. 'Mitchell, Robert (1851-1929)', Australian dictionary of biography, Volume 10, Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1986, p. 533
Mitchell Family, Personal papers, 1868-1939, SRG 123/378
Scrimgeour, RJ. Robert Mitchell : pioneer missioner to the inland, Paradise: RJ Scrimgeour, 1994
Smith of Dunesk Mission (Beltana, S. Aust.) Correspondence from Missioners, 1889-1942, SRG 123/330
Smith of Dunesk Mission (Beltana, S. Aust.) Diaries of agents - Rev. R. Mitchell, 1884-1898, 1928, SRG 123/219
Smith of Dunesk Mission (Beltana, S. Aust.) Letter book, 1895-1899, SRG 123/13
Smith of Dunesk Mission (Beltana, S. Aust.) Minutes, 1890-1942, SRG 123/12
'United in death: Rev Robert and Mrs Mitchell', Presbyterian banner, April 1939, pp. 8-10
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