The Library holds Guide to records of Indigenous Australians in the Lutheran Archives, Adelaide, SA which contains name indexes for various registers and files relating to the Hermannsburg mission.
Hermann Heinrich. Papers of Heinrich, a teacher at the Lutheran Mission at Hermannsburg (Ntaria) from 1917-1932.
Kramer Family. Papers of Ernest Kramer, missionary to in Central Australia, his wife Euphemia and children Colin and Mary.
Pastor F. W. Albrecht. Records from his time spent as a missionary at Hermannsburg from 1926-1952.
This guide to sources relating to the Hermannsburg Mission was last updated by Library staff in 2016. It comprises selected material held by the State Library or available online.
To find further material relevant to this topic, try searching with these subject headings in the State Library catalogue:
Aboriginal Australians-Missions-Northern Territory-Hermannsburg
Or conduct a keyword search using the following terms:
Finke River mission*
Aranda and mission*
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Hermannsburg lay within the borders of South Australia from its foundation in 1877 until 1911, when the Northern Territory was formed.
A summary of the history of the Hermannsburg mission can be found on the Find and Connect website.
Albrecht, Paul G. E. From mission to church, 1877-2002 : Finke River Mission, 2002.
Bandhauer, Andre and Veber, Maria (eds.) Migration and cultural contact : Germany and Australia, 2009.
Henson, Barbara, A straight-out man : F.W. Albrecht and Central Australian Aborigines, 1992.
Hill, Barry. Broken song: T.G.H. Strehlow and Aboriginal possession, 2002.
Latz, P. K. Blind Moses: Moses Tjalkabota Uraiakuraia, Aranda man of high degree and Christian evangelist, 2014.
Leske, Everard (ed.) Hermannsburg : a vision and a mission, 1977.
Scherer, P. A. (ed.) The Hermannsburg chronicle 1877-1933, 1995
Scherer, P. A. A day in the life of Hermannsburg, 1988.
Scherer, P.A. Venture of faith : an epic in Australian missionary history, 1963.
Strehlow, T.G.H. Journey to Horseshoe Bend, 1978.
Australian Geographic. no. 21, Jan-Mar 1991. Raffaele, Paul. 'Hermannsburg: a settlement with a mission.'
Journal of Friends of Lutheran Archives. no. 20, Oct 2010. John, L. 'On collision course: Sir Baldwin Spencer and the Finke River Mission.'
Lutheran Theological Journal. vol. 32, no. 1, May 1998. Albrecht, Paul. 'The Finke River Mission approach to mission work among Aborigines in Central Australia.'
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Selected Australian newspapers, published prior to 1955, have been digitised as part of the National Library of Australia’s Trove website.
Further newspaper articles may be identified by using the following, Newspaper index : references to Aborigines in Adelaide newspapers, 1836-1940, 1989.