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Title: A 'City on a Hill': Religion and Buildings on the Frontier Mission at Wellington Valley, New South Wales
Contributor(s): Roberts, David  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2010
DOI: 10.1558/arsr.v23i1.91
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Abstract: The Anglican Church Missionary Society's Wellington Valley mission (1832–43) was one of the most ambitious and important religious experiments attempted in early nineteenth-century Australia. Located on the very western fringe of the British colony of New South Wales, amid the remains of an abandoned convict settlement, the mission provided the setting for competing assertions of status, authority and morality, played out in complex interactions between evangelists, Aborigines and British settlers/servants. This article explores those interactions through a particular focus on the built environment of the mission station. To contribute to our understanding of how the grand ideologies of evangelical Christianity played out and faltered on a local level, I argue that the material facilities occupied by the mission reflected and exaggerated many of the shortcomings and conundrums of the missionary agenda, and that infrastructural and spatial difficulties contributed markedly to its failure.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australian Religion Studies Review, 23(1), p. 91-114
Publisher: Equinox Publishing Ltd
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1744-9014
Field of Research (FOR): 220401 Christian Studies (incl Biblical Studies and Church History)
210301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History
210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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