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“The Most Wretched And Bleakest”: Moravian Desire To Work Amongst The Australian Aborigines

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This chapter explores the history of the Moravian mission fields in the period until the early nineteenth century, when the Moravians were beginning their second era of missionary expansion. It examines the failed Protestant mission stations in the Australian colonies in order to provide an understanding of the attitude towards the Christianization of Aboriginal people in this British colonial settlement. The chapter demonstrates that although some of the Moravian ideas of mission complimented the colonial politics of Britain; it was primarily the Church's own practices that influenced the decision to establish the Australian mission field.

Keywords: Australian Aborigines; British colonial settlement; Christianization; missionary expansion; Moravian Church practices; Moravian ideas; Moravian mission fields



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