The contact history of indigenous people is strongly shaped by missions and reserves, the breaking up of families and removals of children from their parents. Missionaries played a prominent role in modelling and managing such regimes so that the history of missions is highly contested.
German-speaking missionaries established the earliest and also the longest surviving Aboriginal missions. Until World War I practically half of the missions in Australia were staffed with German speakers. Their encounters with indigenous people are integral to the telling of Australia's multicultural and indigenous history.
This web-directory gives detailed insight into their backgrounds, their aspirations and frustrations. It provides materials from private collections and overseas archives and frames these in their wider historical context. It focuses particularly on the less well-researched German missionaries in the north to render sources more accessible.
This is a project by Professor Regina Ganter funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC), 2011-2015.
Read more: Introduction - Why Germans?
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Use the left-hand menu or click on the map to navigate to a German-speaking mission. Only the Queensland materials are publicly accessible, for other entries you will see the message 'Access Denied'. We expect a public release in early 2016.