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Lutheran Missionaries
Title : Lutheran Missionaries Lutheran Missionaries
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Date of creation : 1866
Format : Photograph
Dimensions : 103 x 159 mm
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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From the 1840s trained missionaries were sent from Germany to work with Aboriginal Australians, concentrating their work around the south coast. The 1861 Burke and Wills expedition drew the attention of European settlers to the interior of the vast Australian continent, and to its indigenous inhabitants. In 1863 the two Lutheran groups then existing in South Australia agreed to work together to establish a mission in the Cooper's Creek area, with the government making land available for the purpose. After a huge open-air service and commissioning at Tanunda, two newly arrived missionaries, Johannes Gossling and Ernst Homann, with their assistants Hermann Vogelsang and JE Jacob, set off for Kopperamanna. The trip of over 1,000 kilometres took the group three months. This unique photograph was taken as the missionaries left Tanunda.
Related names :

Kopperamanna Mission

Gossling, Johannes

Homann, Ernst

Vogelsang, Hermann Heinrich, 1832-1913

Jacob, Johann Ernst, 1835-1907

Coverage year : 1866
Place : Tanunda (S. Aust.); Cooper Creek (Qld. and S. Aust.)
Region : Barossa
Further reading :

Scrimgeour, Anne. 'Notions of civilisation and the project to "civilise" Aborigines in South Australia in the 1840s', History of education review, Vol. 35, no. 1 (2006)

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