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Point Pearce Mission Station (1868 - 1915)

  • Mission Station, Point Pearce

    Mission Station, Point Pearce, c. 1890, courtesy of State Library of South Australia.
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From
1868
To
1915
Categories
Anglican, Care Provider and Mission

The Point Pearce Mission Station was established 35 miles south of Wallaroo in 1868. It was run by the Yorke Peninsula Aboriginal Mission committee to assist the Narungga people living on the outskirts of copper mining towns in the area. Moravian Missionary Julius Kuhn was the first superintendent. Initially 70 Narrungga people came to the Mission but poor conditions and illness led to deaths in 1872. By 1874 the population had dropped to 28. In 1894 families from the closed Poonindie Mission were moved to Point Pearce. A school was operated in the Mission House at the Station until 1906 when a school house was first commissioned. In 1915, the Mission was taken over by the State Government and became known as the Point Pearce Aboriginal Station.

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 1868 - 1915 Point Pearce Mission Station
       1915 - 1972 Point Pearce Aboriginal Station

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Mission Station, Point Pearce
Title
Mission Station, Point Pearce
Type
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Date
c. 1890
Source
State Library of South Australia

Details

Sources used to compile this entry: 'Point Pearce - South Australia, past and present, for the future', in SA Memory, 2009, http://www.samemory.sa.gov.au/site/page.cfm?u=1241; 'Indigenous History of the Yorke Peninsula', in Discover the Yorke Peninsula, 2010, https://yorke.sa.gov.au/discover/local-history-and-heritage/indigenous-culture/the-nharangga/.

Prepared by: Gary George