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Point Pearce Mission Station
Title : Point Pearce Mission Station Point Pearce Mission Station
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Date of creation : ca. 1890
Format : Photograph
Dimensions : 108 x 158 mm
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Point Pearce Mission Station.

Discovery of copper on Yorke Peninsula in 1859 lead to a swelling population, and the establishment of sizeable townships. These attracted many Narungga and the previously mobile population began to settle closer to these towns where they were exposed to damaging influences, such as alcohol and disease.

Concerned for the welfare of these fringe-dwellers and with an aim to 'civilise' them, the local population began petitioning the Government and laying plans for a mission.

The land selected was familiar to many of the Narungga who would have often travelled through it. Known to them as Bookooyama, the area was a place where one could find an abundance of shellfish, game and fresh water soaks. Leaseholder Samuel Rogers, was concerned about the effect that such a settlement would have on his water supplies, and tried to fight the Government, but was eventually placated. And so in 1868 about six hundred acres, 35 miles south of Wallaroo, was given over for the establishment of the Yorke's Peninsula Aboriginal Mission, later called Point Pearce.
Point Pearce resident Cecil Graham writes,
'the white people had the Aboriginal people do everything for them: to put the fence, the old bush fence around it and build that house.. they built that house for Pastor Kuhn to live in. They made that settlement.'
in As we've known it : 1911 to the present, p. 15.
Related names :

Point Pearce Mission (S. Aust.)

Period : 1884-1913
Region : Yorke Peninsula
Further reading :

Archibald, T. S. Yorke's Peninsula Aboriginal Mission Incorporated: a brief record of its history and operations. Adelaide: Hussey & Gillingham, 1915.

Cabbages and kings: selected essays in history and Australian studies v. 20, 1992, pp. 25-35. Paula Richardson. 'History of the Point Pearce Mission Station, South Australia'.

Graham, Doris. As we've known it: 1911 to the present. Underdale, SA: Aboriginal Studies and Teacher Education Centre, South Australian College of Advanced Education, 1987.

Hill, D. L and S. L. Notes on the Narangga tribe of Yorke Peninsula, Port Lincoln, S.A.: D.L. & S.J. Hill, 1975

Kartinyeri, Doreen. Narungga nation. Point Pearce, SA: Doreen Kartinyeri, 2002.

Point Pearce: past and present. Underdale, SA: Aboriginal Studies and Teacher Education Centre, South Australian College of Advanced Education, 1987.

Yorke's Peninsula Aboriginal Mission Incorporated. Brief review of the operations of the ... Mission for the first five years (with report for 1870/1-1871/2). Kadina, SA: The Mission, 1872.

Internet links :
District Council of Yorke Peninsula. Indigenous History



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