National Library of Australia

Enjoy a CovidSafe visit to the National Library.

You must be logged in to Tag Records
One blood : 200 years of Aboriginal encounter with Christianity : a story of hope / John Harris
Bib ID 1766046
Format BookBook
Harris, John W
Edition 2nd ed. completely rev. 
Description Sutherland, N.S.W. : Albatross Books, 1994, c1990 
990 p. : ill., maps, ports. ; 24 cm. 
ISBN 0867600950

Out of a burning conviction that "God made of one blood all nations", Christians have carried their message to Aborigines throughout Australia. It is this encounter and its results that John Harris explores in these many stories that tell one story: how, in the face of abuse, paternalism, prejudice, isoluation and crippling hardship, the Christian gospel was brought to Aboriginal people. Although sometimes blind to their own faults, those who brought this message were remarkable people of great compassion and courage.

For two centuries, this activity was a major force in the lives of the indigenous people of Australia. Christian missions were sometimes places of regimentation marked by a loss of freedom; often, too, they were places of survival and refuge for a suffering people. The missions may seem to have failed, yet from many of them are emerging distinctive Aboriginal churches with strong Aboriginal leadership.

Full contents
  • Part A. Nineteenth Century, Aboriginal Missions in Eastern Australia: 1. The shock of the new: early New South Wales and Aboriginal missions; 2. The destruction of the old: civilisation and mission permeate north and south; 3. The hobbling of the remnant: protectorates, reserves and missions; 4. The cries of the compassionate: key nineteenth century missionaries in eastern Australia
  • Part B. Nineteenth Century, Aboriginal Missions Extend West, South and North: 5. The repetition of a violent pattern: Western Australian society and Aboriginal missions; 6. The failure of noble sentiments: South Australian society and early Aboriginal missions; 7. The violence of the frontier: the remote centre and west and Aboriginal missions; 8. The isolation of the tropics: first missions in the Northern Territory and north Queensland
  • Part C. Twentieth Century, Aborigines and the Church in Settled Australia: 9. The shielding of the dying: Aboriginal protection and the churches in settled Australia; 10. The breaking of bonds: the struggle for Aboriginal personhood in settled Australia
  • Part D. Twentieth Century, From Mission to Church in Traditional Aboriginal Communities: 11. The reawakening of a vision: a twentieth-century case-study: Northern Territory CMS missions; 12. The emergence of a new age: World War II, traditional Aboriginal society and missions; 13. The voices of freedom and hope: the 'new look' traditional culture and the church.

Previous ed.: 1990.

Includes indexes.

Bibliography: p. [913]-966.

Subjects Aboriginal Australians, Treatment of -- History.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Missions -- History.  |  Church and minorities -- Australia -- History.  |  Colonisation.  |  Religions - Christianity - Lutheran Church.  |  Race relations - Violent - Massacres, murders, poisonings etc. - To 1900.  |  Government policy - Initial period and protectionism.  |  Religions - Christianity - Missions - United Aborigines Mission.  |  Religions - Christianity - Apostolic Church.  |  Religions - Christianity - Anglican Church.  |  Religions - Christianity - Missions - Church Missionary Society.  |  Religions - Christianity - Missionaries.  |  Land rights.  |  Religions - Christianity - Methodist Church.  |  Religions - Christianity - Missions.  |  Religions - Christianity - Moravian Church.  |  Religions - Christianity - Missions - Aborigines Inland Mission.  |  Religions - Christianity - Catholic Church.  |  Government policy - Assimilation.  |  New Norcia (SW WA SH50-10)  |  New Mapoon (Bamaga Qld Far North Cape York SC54-11)  |  Cummeragunja (SW NSW SJ55-01)  |  Perth (SW WA SH50-14)  |  Groote Eylandt (NT Gulf Islands SD53-07, SD53-08)  |  Australia.  |  Elcho Island (East Arnhem Land NT SC53-15, SD53-03)  |  Lake Wellington / Ramahyuck (E Vic Gippsland SJ55-11)  |  Yarrabah / Cape Grafton (NE Qld SE55-02)  |  Maloga (SW NSW SJ55-01)  |  Bathurst Island (NT SC52-15)  |  Ntaria / Hermannsburg (South Central NT SF53-13)  |  Poonindie (West SA SI53-11)  |  Forrest River (WA East Kimberley SD52-09, SD52-10, SD52-14)  |  Yirrkala (East Arnhem Land SD53-04)  |  Warangesda / Darlington Point (SW NSW SI55-10)  |  Gunbalanya / Oenpelli (West Arnhem Land NT SD53-01)  |  Beagle Bay (WA West Kimberley SE51-02)


    In the Library

    Request this item to view in the Library's reading rooms using your library card. To learn more about how to request items watch this short online video Help Video.

    Details Collect From
    NL 305.89915 H314-2
    Copy: NL copy (hbk)
    Main Reading Room
    N 305.89915 H314-2
    Copy: N copy (hbk)
    Main Reading Room

    Order a copy

    - Copyright or permission restrictions may apply. We will contact you if necessary.

    Help Video To learn more about Copies Direct watch this short online video Help Video.
    close Can I borrow items from the Library?

    You need Flash player 8+ and JavaScript enabled to view this video embedded.

    You can view this on the NLA website.

    close What can I get online?

    You need Flash player 8+ and JavaScript enabled to view this video embedded.

    You can view this on the NLA website.

    close Can I get copies of items from the Library?

    You need Flash player 8+ and JavaScript enabled to view this video embedded.

    You can view this on the NLA website.

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags
    Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and other First Nations people are advised that this catalogue contains names, recordings and images of deceased people and other content that may be culturally sensitive. Please also be aware that you may see certain words or descriptions in this catalogue which reflect the author’s attitude or that of the period in which the item was created and may now be considered offensive.