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„Ein Fauler Fleck“: Lake Boga, A Putrid Stain

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This chapter examines the ways by which the Moravian missionaries established the Lake Boga mission station, and the factors leading to their retreat back to Germany. It discusses other mission stations within the colony, and the attempts therein to Christianize Aborigines. The chapter considers how the failure was received by the Moravian administration. The Moravian missionaries' arrival heralded a new phase in the 'Christianization and civilization' of the "poor, despised creatures, who are on the lowest level," as Peter La Trobe had described the Aborigines in 1841. In June of 1851, after spending five months at Gannawarra, the missionaries travelled back to Melbourne in order to finalise the land grant. The Yelta site had originally been selected due to the paucity of European settlement in the area. By November of 1857, both the UAC and the Missionsdepartement agreed to re-establish the Australian mission.

Keywords: Christianize Aborigines; Lake Boga mission station; Melbourne; Moravian missionaries; Yelta site



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