Boys dormitory

Boys dormitory

Children playing in wet sand in the Finke River c.1923

Life as a Child on the Mission

Children don’t always understand the hardship faced by the adults around them. Many of the children on the mission grew up navigating through two worlds. The world of the Lutheran missionaries including church, school lessons, chores and play; and the world of Arrarnta traditions. Unlike other many other missions in Australia, life in Hermannsburg did not mean a total disconnect between children, their families and their language.

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