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South Australia - Archival Collection

Records of Aboriginal Missions in South Australia (1850s - 1970s)


The collection Records of Aboriginal Missions in South Australia includes resources relating to the history of Aboriginal missions in South Australia including records created by these Missions. There is a finding aid for these records available online.


Access Conditions

Researchers can have access to documents, photographs, recordings and transcripts held at the State Library of South Australia on presenting their Readers Ticket. Readers Tickets are available from the Library. Records, recordings and transcripts can only be used in the Somerville Reading Room and are not available for borrowing.

Access to some material at the State Library may require written permission from the person or organisation that deposited the records.


Records within this collection refer to the following institutions:

  • Colebrook Home
  • Ernabella Mission
  • Killalpaninna Mission
  • Kooniba Mission
  • Nepabunna Mission
  • Point McLeay Mission Station
  • Point Pearce Mission Station
  • Poonindie Mission
  • Manunka Mission
  • Oodnadatta Mission
  • Ooldea Mission
  • Yalata Mission
  • Swan Reach Mission
  • Gerard Mission
  • Finnis Springs

The collection also includes information on the Hermannsburg Mission in the Northern Territory.

Prepared by: Gary George