Most of the formal histories relating to the mission have been written from the perspective of the white missionaries and the experiences recounted relating to Aboriginal people are therefore filtered through the experiences and understandings of the male authors. The narratives in this theme are counter-balanced against the anecdotal and personal account in the theme ‘Living on the Mission’.
The history of the Arrarnta Lutheran community is constantly evolving. Today, the mission buildings lay empty and they sit alongside the growing town of Ntaria. The ownership of the heritage precinct is in the hands of the local Western Arrarnta people who are represented by the Hermannsburg Historical Society, with the Finke River Mission acting as managers. Through close cooperation between these two bodies, this nationally significant heritage site is maintained and operated.