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George Taplin
Title : George Taplin George Taplin
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Creator : Anson & Francis, photographer
Source : Beaumont, Edith Gertrude, PRG 186/7/10/1
Date of creation : ca. 1865
Format : Photograph
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George Taplin wanted to become a missionary from the time that he was a teenager. In 1859, after beginning training as a Congregational minister, he was accepted as a missionary with the Aborigines' Friends' Association. He wished to attempt to redress the wrongs that he saw being done to indigenous people. Taplin chose for the site of a mission a traditional camping place on the shores of Lake Alexandrina known as Raukkan to the Aboriginal people, but called Point McLeay by the Europeans. In 1864 Taplin published what were the first Bible passages translated into an Aboriginal language (Narrinyeri) in Australia. He recorded many of the customs and stories of the Narrinyeri, and he was greatly respected by them. His fight for better conditions for Aboriginal people often brought him into conflict with those who wished to exploit them. George Taplin died in 1879, aged 47. His dedication to his work, and consequent overwork, contributed to his relatively early death.
Related names :

Taplin, George, 1831-1879

Narrinyeri (Australian people)

Point McLeay Aboriginal Mission

Coverage year : 1865
Place : Raukkan (S. Aust.)
Region : Riverland and Murraylands
Further reading :
Aborigines' Friends' Association. Records, SRG 139
Bartlett, Clarence Edmund. A brief history of the Point McLeay Reserve and district, [Adelaide?]: Aborigines' Friends' Association, 1959
Beaumont, Edith Gertrude. Personal papers, PRG 186
Jenkin, Graham. Conquest of the Ngarrindjeri, Point McLeay, S. Aust.: Raukkan Publishers, 1995
Jenkin, Graham. 'Taplin, George (1831-1879)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 6, Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1976, pp.242-243
Mattingley, Christobel and Hampton, Ken, ed.s Survival in our own land: 'Aboriginal' experiences in 'South Australia' since 1836, Adelaide, S. Aust.: Wakefield Press, 1988
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