Professor Regina Ganter

German Missionaries in Australia

A web-directory of intercultural encounters

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 Lutheran and Moravian missionaries established the earliest and also the longest surviving Aboriginal missions. Until World War I practically half of the missions 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. 

This is a project funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC), 2011-2015.

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Please note that this website is under construction,
only the Queensland materials are currently accessible. 


Read more: Introduction - Why Germans?