Collection UQFL57 - Record of visit to mission stations

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Record of visit to mission stations


  • 1936 (Creation)

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1 box, 2 albums.

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Biographical history

In 1936 the Presbyterian Church of Queensland commissioned Norman F Nelson to visit four Aboriginal mission stations administered by the Church in North Queensland (Mornington Island, Aurukun, Weipa and Mapoon) in order to make an inspection and evaluation of work and properties. He also visited Thursday Island. He was accompanied by J.T. Robinson. An exhibition organised by Norman F. Nelson of the photographs taken on the trip was held at City Hall, Brisbane in 1937.

Archival history

Collection previously titled as: Record of visit to mission stations, 1936
Collection alternatively titled as: Norman F Nelson Collection.

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Scope and content

1029 photographs (black & white; 7cm x 6cm), typescript reports of trips to mission stations, original sketch plans of each mission drawn by J T Robinson and Norman F Nelson.

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Unrestricted access.

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  • English

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Publication note

This collection is cited in:
Wharton, G. S., & Presbyterian Church of Queensland. (2000). Mission time: a guide to Queensland Presbyterian Church records relating to the Gulf missions at Aurukun, Mapoon, Mornington Island, Weipa and the Thursday Island Mission Agency, 1891 to 1978. PCE Press.

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This collection may contain culturally sensitive words or descriptions, some of which might not normally be used in certain public or community contexts.

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Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.




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