James Love

James Love (1889 – 1947) clergyman and missionary
James Love saw himself, and was seen by his Aboriginal parishioners, as a paternal figure. The Worora gave him and his wife names in their language meaning, not the formal ‘Father’ and ‘Mother’ but the affectionate ‘Dad’ and ‘Mum’.

James Love entered the Presbyterian Theological School in Ormond College, University of Melbourne, spending his first and final years at the college and the second as superintendent at Mapoon, an Aboriginal mission on the west coast of Cape York Peninsula, Queensland.

He married Blanche Margaret Holinger of Melbourne, who was teaching in the mission school.

In 1927 the Loves moved to Kunmunya where he was superintendent until 1940. In the earlier years the missionaries (Love, his wife and children and another married couple) were dependent for communication and supplies on the mission ketch. It sailed to Broome once a month except December to February (the cyclone season). Later the installation of the pedal-radio and preparation of an airstrip enabled daily contact with the flying doctor base at Wyndham and quick transport to hospital in emergencies. Love himself dressed wounds, set broken limbs and dispensed medicine to the less serious cases.

The purpose of the mission, its methods, and the people of the Worora tribe are described in his book, Stone-Age Bushmen of Today (London, 1936). Cattle were bred for meat and goats for meat and milk. Vegetables, fruit and tropical cereals were grown. Some income was derived from the sale of peanuts and bêche-de-mer. However, the very rugged terrain and the remote location ruled out selling livestock. The intention was to train and employ the able-bodied men and women. The Aborigines were paid for working on the mission but, apart from the old and the sick, those who did not work were obliged to support themselves in their traditional ways, maintaining their dignity and self-reliance.

Love translated parts of the Bible into Worora and some Worora stories into English. His analysis of the Worora grammar was presented as a thesis to the University of Adelaide (M.A., 1933). His observations on the languages, religion and customs of the tribes among whom he lived formed the subject of at least thirty articles in scientific and religious periodicals.

During his long furlough in 1937 Love spent six months establishing a new mission at Ernabella in the Musgrave Range, South Australia. After a further three years at Kunmunya, he moved to Ernabella, where he stayed until early 1946. Sheep were run on the mission property, in the care of Aboriginal shepherds. Policies and methods were essentially the same as at Kunmunya.

Complete article : http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A100144b.htm

Refer also : John Flynn’s associates – https://atributetoaustralianchristians.wordpress.com/2010/10/31/john-flynns-associates/

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