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Northern Territory - Glossary Term

Finke River Mission (1877 - )


The Finke River Mission was an alternative name for the Hermannsburg Mission on the Finke River from 1877. After the establishment of government settlements at Haasts Bluff, Areyonga and later, Papunya, the term Finke River Mission was often used to refer to all these stations collectively. In 2014, the Lutheran Church of Australia retrospectively used the term Finke River Mission to refer to all Lutheran Missionary activity in the Northern Territory from 1877 onwards.

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Sources used to compile this entry: Lutheran Church of Australia, 'Finke River Mission 135th Anniversary', in Lutheran Church of Australia, 2011,

Prepared by: Karen George and Gary George