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Swan Reach Mission (1926 - 1946)

  • Mission, Swan Reach

    Mission, Swan Reach, 1944, courtesy of State Library of South Australia.
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From
1926
To
1946
Categories
Mission and Non-denominational

The Swan Reach Mission was established by the United Aborigines Mission [UAM] at Swan Reach in 1926. A rented cottage was used as the Mission House and a school opened at the Mission in early 1926 to provide Christian education to local Aboriginal children. The site at Swan Reach was prone to flooding and permanent structures could not be sustained. Issues with sanitation and the health of the residents plagued the Mission. The Swan Reach Mission was closed in 1946 when the UAM opened the Gerard Mission near Loxton and the Swan Reach residents were transferred to the new Mission.

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National Redress Scheme for people who have experienced institutional child sexual abuse

In 2021, the South Australian government has agreed to be a funder of last resort for this institution. This means that although the institution is now defunct, it is participating in the National Redress Scheme, and the government has agreed to pay the institution's share of costs of providing redress to a person (as long as the government is found to be equally responsible for the abuse a person experienced).

Location

1926 - 1946
Location - Swan Reach Mission was situated at Swan Reach, South Australia. Location: Swan Reach

Timeline

 1926 - 1946 Swan Reach Mission
       1946 - 1974 Gerard Mission

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Publications

Books

  • Gerard, A E, United Aborigines Mission (of Australia): an outline of the history of the mission particularly in South Australia, Adelaide, 1950. Details

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Mission, Swan Reach
Title
Mission, Swan Reach
Type
Image
Date
c. 1944
Source
State Library of South Australia

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Mission, Swan Reach
Title
Mission, Swan Reach
Type
Image
Date
1944
Source
State Library of South Australia

Details

Sources used to compile this entry: 'Aboriginal Australians and the River: Aboriginal missions on the River Murray', in SA Memory, 2010, http://www.samemory.sa.gov.au/site/page.cfm?u=1317; Gerard, A E, United Aborigines Mission (of Australia): an outline of the history of the mission particularly in South Australia, Adelaide, 1950; 'Mission Stations in South Australia', in Firstsources.info, http://www.firstsources.info/other-s-a-missions.html.

Prepared by: Gary George