The Immanuel Lutheran Synod in South Australia supported work amongst the Guugu Yimidhirr people by sending CA Meyer, George Schwarz and Wilhelm Poland. Elim became known as Hope Valley, and later Hope Vale (or Hopevale).
Lutheran involvement in the North Queensland area began in 1885 when Missionary Johann Flierl stopped off at Cooktown on his way to New Guinea. He received government permission to start a mission station which he called Elim. The Immanuel Lutheran Synod in South Australia supported work amongst the Guugu Yimidhirr people by sending CA Meyer, George Schwarz and Wilhelm Poland. Elim became known as Hope Valley, and later Hope Vale (or Hopevale).
Google map view of the Lutheran Church at Hope Vale – https://www.google.com/maps/place/Lutheran+Church+of+Australia/@-15.3202819,145.1625364,92787m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m13!1m7!3m6!1s0x0:0x0!2zMTXCsDIwJzAwLjAiUyAxNDXCsDEwJzAwLjAiRQ!3b1!8m2!3d-15.333333!4d145.166667!3m4!1s0x0:0xe582f41335f094d6!8m2!3d-15.2947826!4d145.1122284?hl=en
Cape Bedford Mission (Hope Vale)
The Louise Flierl Mission Museum
Associates of John Flynn
Noel Pearson – An early influence in his life
Pearson attended primary school at the Hope Vale Mission, Cape York, where he lived with his family throughout his early years. As a young boy he was sent to Brisbane to attend St.Peters Lutheran College as a boarder, where he attended until completing his matriculation. Pearson completed a history and a law degree at the University of Sydney. His history thesis focused on the Hope Vale Lutheran Mission.
The Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership
The Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership is a public policy organisation that champions reform in Indigenous economic and social policies. It is focussed on issues in Cape York, but aims to have a national influence. The Institute’s Director is Noel Pearson, an Aboriginal leader and activist from the community of Hope Vale. http://cyi.org.au/about-us/noel-pearson
Carl Strehlow and the Hermannsburg Mission
The Bush Preachers
As Hermannsburg Mission celebrates its 140th anniversary in the 500th year of the Lutheran Church, it continues the tradition of holding open air bush camps with indigenous pastors. They come from hundreds of miles away to listen and discuss in their own languages.
Lutheran Church Australia
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