Biographies D-E-F

Name Abstract
Droste, Wilhelm Fr (1874-1929)

Much loved Pallottine ‘ibal’ (father) at Beagle Bay from 1909 to 1929. Left a mission diary.

Eipper, Christopher (1813-1894)

Eipper was one of the two pastors in the first mission in Queensland, and one of the first to leave after seven years. He learned the Turrbal language, travelled extensively in the mission area and wrote some detailed reports of his observations. Unlike the other staff at Zion Hill, he was trained at Basel.

Emo, Nicholas Maria Fr. (1849-1915)

Spanish priest of independent spirit who worked for 20 years among the mixed communities of the Kimberley coast alongside the French Trappists, German Pallottines and Italian Benedictines, and conducted language and ethnographic work.

Flierl, Johann (1858-1947)

Johann Flierl was the epitomy of the successful German missionary. From a farm in Bavaria, he trained at Neuendettelsau with an early and strong sense of vocation. He was quick to spot opportunities for strategic development. During his period at Bethesda mission at Killalpaninna (1878-1885) Germany acquired territory in New Guinea, and he immediately proceeded to become the first Lutheran missionary in this new contact zone. Along the way he was briefly delayed at Cooktown and used this time to start another mission at Cape Bedford, which he called Elim. He spent the next 44 years as a missionary in New Guinea (1886-1930) where his four children were born, developing a network of missions, and retired at age 72.

Flierl, Luise (1861-1934)

Luise Flierl nee Auricht, a third-generation German-Australian from Tanunda, was associated with the Dieri mission at Bethesda (SA) and helped to found the Lutheran missions in New Guinea. As the wife of pioneer missionary Johann Flierl, she was pivotal in the spread of Lutheran mission outreach into the north.

Freiboth, Georg Christoph (1858-1922)

G.C. Freiboth is best remembered for taking the remainder of the Mari Yamba people to Hope Valley in 1902. As a lay missionary he was a veteran of the Finke River mission and drew on his Hermannsburg networks to obtain a posting to Mari Yamba. For four years he built up the station which had been neglected, but the mission was forced to close down because no ordained missionary could be found to staff it. Only a diary records his perspective, since few records were kept about lay-missionaries.