Records for the Nepabunna Mission are held at State Records of South Australia and the United Aborigines Mission Archives in Melbourne. The UAM is in the process of winding up its operations, and their records are currently unavailable. South Australian representatives are liaising with the UAM to help them to find a home for these important records.
For more information see the Find and connect website.
Aboriginal Progress Association. Minute book (SRG 712/1) contains several references to Nepabunna 1964-1968.
Mountford-Sheard collection. Collection amassed by CP Mountford during a career spanning the 1930s to the 1960s and including material relating to the Nepabunna mission in the late 1930s. Access to this collection is by prior arrangement - see here for details.
This guide to sources relating to Nepabunna Mission was last updated by Library staff in 2022. It comprises selected material held by the State Library or available online. To find further material relevant to this topic, try searching with this subject heading in the State Library catalogue:
Aboriginal Australians - Missions - South Australia - Nepabunna
Or conduct a keyword search using the following term: Nepabunna
See also the Library Guide on the Adnyamathanha people.
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Nepabunna was established by the United Aborigines Mission in 1931 on land donated to them by Balcoona Station owner Roy Thomas. It was the first permanent home the Adnyamathanha people had known since their displacement from their traditional lands in the early 1850s.
After years of Mission and Government control, Nepabunna was handed back to the Adnyamathanha people in 1977.
Brock, Peggy. Outback ghettos: Aborigines, institutionalisation and survival, 1993, pp. 121-156.
Brock, Peggy. Yura and Udnyu: a history of the Adnyamathanha of the North Flinders Ranges, 1985.
Coulthard, Terrence & Coulthard, Josephine. Adnyamathanha : a culture guide and language book, 2020.
Ellis, Julie and Ellis, Bob. Nepabunna : a brief history, 2011.
Survival in our own land : 'Aboriginal' experiences in 'South Australia' since 1836, Ch. 28 ‘Nepabunna’, p. 227-234.
United Aborigines Mission (S. Aust.) Annual report of United Aborigines' Mission, 1939-1973, incomplete. (This has been indexed, to see records enter the title in the source field of the Library catalogue.)
To locate journal articles, access the State Library's eResources.
Selected South 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.