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“I Is Done: No More”: The First Converts

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The 1860s heralded a new beginning for the Moravians in Australia. This chapter examines their renewed work in the Colony of Victoria. It follows the establishment of the Ebenezer mission station in north-west Victoria, as well as the subsequent establishment of the Ramahyuck mission station in Gippsland, in the east of the colony. The chapter examines how the missionaries expanded their sphere of influence within the colony in the wake of the failed Lake Boga attempt. Nathanael Pepper was the first of the Moravian converts in Australia and one of the first Aboriginal people in the Colony of Victoria to be baptised. The chapter argues that the larger Moravian traditions and history impacted on the establishment of the mission to a greater extent than other histories have given them credit for. The missionaries remained, however, under the direction of the Unitätsaeltestenkonferenz (UAC) and Missionsdepartement.

Keywords: Australia; Ebenezer mission station; Lake Boga; Missionsdepartement; Moravian converts; Nathanael Pepper; north-west Victoria; Unitätsaeltestenkonferenz (UAC)



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