Hermannsburg Mission In 2017 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.
Roper River Mission Roper River Mission was established in 1908 by the Church Missionary Society at Mirlinbarrwarr. The Government took over the mission in 1968 and in 1988 the Yugul Mangi Community Government Council was formed and the township became known as Ngukurr.
Joh Bjelke-Petersen (1911 – 2005) Premier While Bjelke-Petersen made no secret of his daily habit of seeking Divine guidance through prayer and reading the Bible, he was frequently in conflict with the leadership of the major Christian churches in Queensland over matters of public policy during his premiership. Yet amid the apparent contradictions between his beliefs and behaviour, … Continue reading “Joh Bjelke-Petersen”
Charles Richard Herschell (1877 – 1962 ) film maker, president Aerial Medical Services Charles Richard Herschell was an associate of John Flynn. He was President of the Council of Victorian Section, Australian Aerial Medical Services, 1936-40 and represented Victorian Section at meeting to form Federal Council, 1936.
The Hope Vale mission 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).
Associates of the Rev John Flynn
Johann Flierl (1858 – 1947) missionary In 1885 a tall, strong, determined young man, Johann Flierl founded the Hope Vale mission station among the Aboriginals during an enforced stay in Cooktown, Queensland.
Albert Namatjira (1902 – 1959) artist Elea (who was given the name Albert) Namatjira was born on 28 July 1902 at Hermannsburg (Ntaria), Northern Territory. He belonged to the western group of the Arrernte people. In 1905 his family was received into the Lutheran Church.
Carl Strehlow (1871 – 1922) missionary Carl Strehlow at Hermannsburg in Central Australia, recognised the need to understand the Aboriginal culture, and grew to be a great philologist of Aboriginal languages, one of the most important anthropologists in the tradition of the continental European schools and an authority on Central Australian Aborigines. To them Strehlow … Continue reading “Carl Strehlow”
Gustav Rechner (1830 – 1900) Lutheran pastor An energetic and able organizer, Gustav Rechner, a Lutheran pastor, often worked an eighteen-hour day. He maintained a lifelong interest in the Aboriginals.