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“Every Triumphant Death” – Closure In A British Colony

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This chapter describes Andrew Porter's suggestion to historians to, "take not only theology but a good many other things as seriously as did most missionaries of the day," and Jane Samson's caution to historians of missions not to "marginalize human spirituality and the role of religious belief in influencing attitudes and actions," and thus keeps Friedrich Hagenauer's profession of Christianity at the forefront when analysing his activities in Victorian Aboriginal affairs. It examines how Hagenauer viewed the Government's Aboriginal station, Coranderrk, as well as his contribution to the so-called 'Half-Caste' Act of 1886 which was to have such a devesting effect on Aboriginal people, while all the time maintaining his strong faith in divine providence.

Keywords: 'Half-Caste' Act; Aboriginal station; Andrew Porter; Christianity; Coranderrk; Friedrich Hagenauer; Jane Samson; prominent British Moravian



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