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The Victorian mission was decisively shaped by the global Moravian heritage and history. The Moravians' practices, such as their deference to the Bible, their use of Losungen, the Los, the choir system, their music, and the Instructions, shaped their daily lives, yet ultimately they believed in God's providence before all. As the historian J. C. S. Mason has argued the Moravian Church's development, during the latter part of the eighteenth century was "highly dependent on the attitude of governments and officials who needed to be satisfied that Moravians were neither sectarian at home nor seditious overseas". The exodus of the Moravian missionaries occurred just as the settlers of the Colony were facing the economic depression of the 1890s. Blinded by his own faith in God, Friedrich Hagenauer believed that he had achieved the goals of the Moravian Church in bringing Christianity to the Aborigines of Victoria.

Keywords: Aborigines; Friedrich Hagenauer; global Moravian heritage; God; Moravian Church; Moravian missionaries; Victorian mission



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