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Western Australia - Organisation

Cundeelee (1949 - 1982?)

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    Cundeelee [picture], 28 November 2013, courtesy of State Library of Western Australia.
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From
1949
To
1982?
Categories
Baptist, Care Provider, Home and Mission

Cundeelee mission and school, north of Zanthus on the Nullabor, was established by the Australian Aborigines' Evangelical Mission in 1949. It was run by interdenominational churches until 1982, when it became an Aboriginal Community. Cundeelee accommodated children up to primary school age as well as families.

Details

Cundeelee was established by the Australian Aborigines' Evangelical Mission (AAEM) in 1949, reportedly to discourage Aboriginal people from 'begging' on the trans-Australian railway line. From around 1939 to 1948 there had been a government 'feeding depot' for Aboriginal people on the site. When the AAEM offered to establish a mission, they were actively encouraged by the Department of Native Affairs.

In 1952, a sandalwood licence was issued to Cundeelee, and youth and men from the mission worked on the 'Sandalwood Project' as it was known in the Department of Native Affairs. A photograph taken in 1957 has a caption that states Aboriginal youth were being paid for collecting sandalwood.

By the early 1980s, the Cundeelee property was vested in the Aboriginal Lands Trust and was later leased to Upurl Upurlia Ngurratja.

Records
There are no known records from the Australian Aborigines' Evangelical Mission.

There may be records for children placed by the Department of Native Affairs, the Department of Native Welfare or the departments responsible for child welfare. The Department for Child Protection and Family Support's Aboriginal Index may also hold information.

The State Records Office of Western Australia also has records, including items that name residents and administration items.

The Department for Aboriginal Affairs in Western Australia may also hold records or other information.

Access
Access to records is restricted to protect the privacy of individuals. You are very welcome to enquire.

Events

1950 - c. 1983
Location - Cundeelee Mission was located at Cundeelee. Location: Cundeelee

Related Events

Related Glossary Terms

  • Stolen Generations (c. 1981 - )

    The 'Stolen Generations' policy of removing children from their families and placing them in institutions has had a long term impact in Western Australia. This been seen as an ongoing factor in the disproportionately high number of Aboriginal children being placed in out of home care in this State, long after the official policies ended.

Related Organisations

Publications

Books

  • Information Services, Department for Community Development, Signposts: A Guide for Children and Young People in Care in WA from 1920, Government of Western Australia, Perth, 2004. pp.182-183. Details

Reports

  • Wilson, Katrin and Michael V. Robinson., Aboriginal Hostels in Perth : A Comparative Survey, Department of Native Welfare, [Perth, W.A.], 1971. Details

Online Resources

Gallery

Title
Cundeelee Mission [picture]
Type
Collection
Date
1955 - 1972
Control
Record No. B2405865
Source
State Library of Western Australia

Details

Title
A puppet show at Cundeelee [picture]
Type
Image
Date
1955
Control
Record No. B2602601
Source
State Library of Western Australia

Details

Title
Getting ready for bed at Cundeelee [picture]
Type
Collection
Date
1956
Control
Record No. B2826591
Source
State Library of Western Australia

Details

Title
Cundeelee children dressed ready for the Trans Line Sports, November 1957 [picture]
Type
Image
Date
1957
Control
Record No. B2603587
Source
State Library of Western Australia

Details

Title
Collecting sandalwood at Cundeelee, May 1957 [picture]
Type
Collection
Date
1957
Control
Record No. B2603670
Source
State Library of Western Australia

Details

Title
Cundeelee Mission dining room [picture]
Type
Image
Date
1965
Control
Record No. B2604221
Source
State Library of Western Australia

Details

Title
Cundeelee [picture]
Type
Collection
Date
1974
Control
Record No. B2604493
Source
State Library of Western Australia

Details

Title
Robert McKeich and school children at Cundeelee [picture]
Type
Image
Date
1978
Control
Record No. B2606501
Source
State Library of Western Australia

Details

Sources used to compile this entry: Information Services, Department for Community Development, Signposts: A Guide for Children and Young People in Care in WA from 1920, Government of Western Australia, Perth, 2004. pp.182-183.; Information Services, Department for Community Development, Signposts: A Guide for Children and Young People in Care in WA from 1920, Government of Western Australia, http://www.signposts.communitydevelopment.wa.gov.au/; Middleton, S, 'Nullarbor Natives Gain New Life', The West Australian, 28 February 1953, p. 32, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article49083468; State Solicitor's Office of Western Australia, 'p.35', Guide to Institutions Attended by Aboriginal People in Western Australia, Government of Western Australia, 2005, http://www.dpc.wa.gov.au/lantu/MediaPublications/Documents/Guide-to-Institutions-attended-by-Aboriginal-people-in-WA-2005.pdf.

Prepared by: Anna Trengove and Leanne Howard