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Estimates for works carried out at Oenpelli Mission
Title : Estimates for works carried out at Oenpelli Mission Estimates for works carried out at Oenpelli Mission View More Images
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Creator : Montgomerie, J. B.
Source : PRG 1218/17/9
Date of creation : 1948
Format : Manuscript
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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A list, written by J. Bruce Montgomerie and signed by CP Mountford containing 'estimates for various works and labours which will be carried out by the staff and antives [sic] of Oenpelli Mission'. 20 September, 1948.

This is followed by a list of residents of Oenpelli who were paid by the Expedition during its stay, including their assigned tasks and rations/wages.

Evident in the Mountford-Sheard correspondence files is the conflict that arose during the Expedition between Mountford and the administrative staff of the Arnhem Land missions, most notably the two Church Missionary Society (CMS) missions of Groote Eylandt and Oenpelli. J Bruce Montgomerie of the CMS wrote that 'It was extremely difficult to work in harmony and goodwill with him... he expected all work on the Mission to cease while he used the Aborigines for various works required to be done.' (A history of Oenpelli, p. 61).

There is a continual stream of correspondence between the Missions and Mountford, debating the payment of accounts, and the compensation given for the use of Aboriginal labour.  The final resolution of these matters came over a year after the completion of the Expedition, with the Department of Information finally settling all payments.
Related names :

American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land, (1948)

Church Missionary Society of Australia

Coverage year : 1948
Place : Oenpelli
Region : Northern Territory
Further reading :
American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land, (1948). Records of the American-Australian scientific expedition to Arnhem Land, Melbourne : Melbourne University Press, 1956-1964

Cole, Keith. A history of Oenpelli, Darwin : Nungalinya Publications, 1975

Lamshed, Max. 'Monty' : the biography of C.P. Mountford, Adelaide : Rigby, 1972

Simpson, Colin, Adam in ochre : inside Aboriginal Australia, 5th ed, Sydney : Angus & Robertson, 1962
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