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Letter to George Wollaston at Poonindie Mission
Title : Letter to George Wollaston at Poonindie Mission Letter to George Wollaston at Poonindie Mission


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Creator : Wollaston, George Gledstanes
Source : PRG 1131/2
Date of creation : 1852
Format : Letter
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Copy of letter from the elder natives at Poonindie, to George Wollaston written on the occasion of his departure from the mission in February 1852, together with inscription on endpaper of book presented to George Wollaston.

This letter is from the Aborigines at Poonindie to George Wollaston on the occasion of his departure from the mission. It is of particular interest because it is counter-signed by 15 Aboriginal elders.  These were Nytchie, Nwrouny, Mannere, Kandwillan, Popjoy, Bidpowie, Kewerie (or Keurrie), Mudlong, Tootko, Pathera, Kadlingare, Yarrioke, Tartwin, Coordinga and Friday. A copy of the letter can be found in the papers of George Gledstanes Wollaston. (These also include three daily diaries and a diary of a trip to the Melbourne Exhibition 1880.) The original letter and the book (a bible) were passed on from George to his son William in 1882.

George Gledstanes Wollaston was born in England in 1824. He left England with his parents in 1840, arriving at Swan River in Western Australia in 1841 and moving to South Australia in 1847. Wollaston spent part of 1852 managing Poonindie Mission Station before heading east to the Victorian Goldfields. After returning to South Australia he made several journeys of exploration in the north and west of the colony. Wollaston was appointed a Justice of the Peace in July 1866, becoming the first residing magistrate in the western part of the Port Lincoln District. He died at Glenelg in 1896.

Related names :

Poonindie Mission (Poonindie, S. Aust.)

Wollaston, George Gledstanes

Coverage year : 1852
Period : 1852-1883
Place : Poonindie, Port Lincoln
Region : Eyre Peninsula and Far West Coast
Further reading :

Aboriginal missions in South Australia. Adelaide: Nunkuwarrin Yunti of South Australia Inc. 2003

Kwan, Elizabeth. Living in South Australia: a social history, Netley, S. Aust.: South Australian Government Printer, 1987

Migration Museum. From many places: the history and cultural traditions of South Australian people, Kent Town, S. Aust.: Migration Museum (History Trust of S.A.) in association with Wakefield Press, 1995

Short, A The Poomindie Mission [sic] : described in a letter from the Lord Bishop of Adelaide to the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel London: Printed for the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, 1853

Short, A A visit to Poonindie, and some accounts of that mission to the Aborigines of South Australia Adelaide: William Kyffin Thomas, Printer, 1872 [1853]

Internet links :

Aboriginal Missions in South Australia State Library of South Australia Fact Shets online

Poonindie Mission Port Lincoln history, History of Poonindie Church

National Library of Australia. Pictures catalogue

Religion in South Australia: Mission SA Memory

The Australian gold rush: stories from Australia's culture and recreation portal



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