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Cundeelee (1949 - 1982?)

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    134301PD: Cundeelee, 1974. The dining hall, by McKeich, Robert, courtesy of State Library of Western Australia.
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From
1949
To
1982?
Categories
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.

Events

1949 - c. 1983
Location - Cundeelee Mission was located at Cundeelee. Location: Cundeelee

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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
  • Stewart, Marilyn, Footprints and fragrance in the outback, Infinity Publishing, Haverford, 2004. 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

Photos

Title
005731D: Group oftwelve children, Cundeelee
Type
Image
Date
1955 - 1972
Control
State Library of Western Australia BA1203/1-7
Publisher
State Library of Western Australia

Details

Title
A puppet show at Cundeelee, 1955
Type
Image
Date
1955
Creator
McKeich, Robert
Control
State Library of Western Australia BA1203/98
Source
Robert McKeich collection of photographs, State Library of Western Australia

Details

Title
130397PD: Gettingready for bed at Cundeelee, 1956
Type
Image
Date
1956
Creator
Portman, John Alexander
Control
State Library of Western Australia Call Number BA1774/985-987, 991-992, 1007-1010
Publisher
State Library of Western Australia

Details

Title
Cundeelee children dressed ready for the Trans Line Sports, November1957
Type
Image
Date
1957
Creator
McKeich, Robert
Control
State Library of Western Australia BA1203/588
Source
Robert McKeich collection of photographs, State Library of Western Australia

Details

Title
134034PD: David Smith paying Aborigines for collecting sandalwood at Cundeelee, May 1957
Type
Image
Date
May 1957
Creator
McKeich, Robert
Control
State Library of Western Australia BA1203/598-599
Publisher
State Library of Western Australia

Details

Title
Cundeelee Missiondining hall, 1965
Type
Image
Date
1965
Creator
McKeich, Robert
Control
State Library of Western Australia BA1203/734
Source
Robert McKeich collection of photographs, State Library of Western Australia

Details

Title
134301PD: Cundeelee, 1974. The dining hall
Type
Image
Date
1974
Creator
McKeich, Robert
Control
State Library of Western Australia BA1203/862,866
Publisher
State Library of Western Australia

Details

Title
Robert McKeich and school children at Cundeelee, 1978
Type
Image
Date
1978
Control
State Library of Western Australia BA1203/1123
Source
Robert McKeich collection of photographs, State Library of Western Australia

Details

Title
Churches of Christ 'Fairhaven' Hostel, Esperance'
Type
Document
Date
17 April 2014
Source
Deslee Moyle

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://signposts.cpfs.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://web.archive.org/web/20140126131607/http://www.dpc.wa.gov.au/lantu/MediaPublications/Documents/Guide-to-Institutions-attended-by-Aboriginal-people-in-WA-2005.pdf.

Prepared by: Debra Rosser