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Introduction Tracing A “Wonderful Record Of Patient Continuances In Well Doing”

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In 1905, an unnamed church official at Berthelsdorf, near Herrnhut in the Oberlausitz in eastern Germany, the home of the Moravian Church, wrote a letter of gratitude to Bruder Friedrich August Hagenauer, a long-serving missionary in the British colony of Victoria. In examining the history of the Moravians in Victoria within the fuller context of the greater history, practices, and religious beliefs of the Church, a story emerges of how the Moravians as self-declared "strangers in a strange land" constructed their own identity as foreign missionaries as they interacted with indigenous peoples, colonists, and government officials. The Moravian missionaries, as both cultural and religious outsiders, were not privy to the internal machinations of such structures, yet they were required to make themselves amenable to the laws of the land. This chapter presents an overview of how the other chapters of the book are organised.

Keywords: Friedrich August Hagenauer; Moravian Church; Victoria



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