• Glossary Term

Aboriginal Mission


For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the word Mission has a specific meaning, as a residential settlement or institution. Religious missions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people existed in many states and territories from the nineteenth century up to the 1980s. On Aboriginal missions, families were forcibly separated by a dormitory system, where women and children were housed in separate buildings. Some missions also had boarding schools where children would live away from their families.

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