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Pastor Meyer
Title : Pastor Meyer Pastor Meyer
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Source : Beaumont, Edith Gertrude, PRG 186/7/10/1, no. 10
Date of creation : 1860
Format : Photograph
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The Evangelical-Lutheran Mission Society of Dresden, Germany, was founded in 1819. Although its main work involved sending missionaries to India, in 1838 the society sent two missionaries - Pastor Teichelmann and Pastor Schurmann - to South Australia to work with the Aboriginal people. Two years later, in 1840, they were joined by Pastors Meyer and Klose. Much emphasis was placed on the importance of learning indigenous languages. Meyer, in particular, was a gifted language student and produced two publications about the language and customs of the Ngarrindjeri people. Meyer's letters to the Mission Society committee describe in detail his difficulties in speaking to the Aboriginal people about Christianity and establishing a church and school during the eight years he spent amongst the people. The Ngarrindjeri asked him, 'Why do you work? ... Come with us; if you are hungry, catch a fish for yourself, eat and lie down to sleep. If you are hungry again, do the same thing and you will live for a long, long time.' (Kneebone, p. 26)
Related names :

Klose, Samuel G.

Meyer, H.A.E. (Heinrich August Eduard), 1813-1862

Schurmann, C.W. (Clamor Wilhelm)

Teichelmann, C.G. (Christian Gottlieb), 1807-1888

Evangelical-Lutheran Mission Society (Dresden, Germany)

Ngarrindjeri (Australian people)

Coverage year : 1860
Place : Encounter Bay (S. Aust.)
Further reading :

Kneebone, Heidi. '"Why do you work?" indigenous perceptions of Lutheran mission work in the Encounter Bay area, 1840-47', Journal of Friends of Lutheran Archives, no. 10 (October 2000), p. 17-29

Leske, Everard. For faith and freedom: the story of Lutherans and Lutheranism in Australia 1838-1996, Adelaide: Openbook, 1996

Lutheran Church of Australia. Papers of early Lutheran missionaries, 1836-1853, SRG 3/12

Meyer, HAE. Manners and customs of the Aborigines of the Encounter Bay tribe, South Australia, Adelaide: George Dehane, 1846

Meyer, HAE. Passport, 1840, D 6268 (Misc)

Meyer, HAE. Vocabulary: of the language spoken by the Aborigines of the southern and eastern portions of the settled districts of South Australia ... preceded by a grammar, Adelaide: James Allen, 1843

'Rev HAE Meyer', South Australian register, 26 December 1862, p. 5



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