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First Christian Missionaries / May 2013
First Christian Missionaries / May 2013

Photographs supplied by John Huth

Monument commemorates the arrival of First Christian Missionaries in 1871.

The first Christian missionaries to establish a presence in the Torres Strait were associated with the London Missionary Society. From 1871, as the first step in bringing Christianity to Papua/New Guinea, the Society began to land its Pacific Islander teachers [mostly Loyalty Islanders] in the Torres Strait - at Erub [Darnley], Tutu [Warrior] and Dauan [Mt Cornwallis] islands in July 1871, and at Mabuiag [Jervis], Moa [Banks], Massid [Yorke] and Saibai islands in 1872. These lay teachers brought an indigenised form of Protestantism to the Torres Strait, reinforced the status of the Strait's Pacific Islander maritime workers, and paved the way for European missionaries.

Location

Address:Douglas Street, Quetta Precinct, Thursday Island, 4875
State:QLD
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -10.584273
Long: 142.214964
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Culture
Sub-Theme:Religion
Actual Event STart Date:01-July-1871
Actual Event End Date:01-July-1871
Link:https://heritage-register.ehp.qld.g…

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1961
Front Inscription

(Plaque 1)

THANK GOD FOR THE  FIRST MISSIONARIES WHO, ON 1ST JULY 1871 AT DARNLEY ISLAND BROUGHT THE LIGHT OF CHRIST TO
THE TORRES STRAITS

(Plaque 2)

FOUR GOSPELS IN EASTERN AND WESTERN DIALECTS
FROM 1871 THESE BOOKS WERE PRINTED
1902 LORD IT IS DONE AS THOU HAS SAID AND YET THEIR IS ROOM

 

Source: QHR, MA
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