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A plaque commemorates Reverend John Gribble, founder of the Warangesda Mission and Robert Ledger, the store keeper at the Mission. It was installed in the Mission Church in 1893 and removed to St Pauls when the mission closed in 1925.

The Reverend John Brown Gribble, a miner who became a missionary, was deeply affected by his observation of the exploitation of Aboriginal women in the Riverina area of New South Wales in the early 1870s. This led him to set up a dormitory for women and their children at Warangesda or 'Camp of Mercy' mission on the floodplain of the Murrumbidgee River.  

Gribble decided to leave his comfortable posting at Jerilderie and in 1880 arrived at a parcel of land on the Murrumbidgee which had been revoked from lease. Despite local opposition, he was granted the reserve, given permission to establish a government school for Aboriginal children, and paid a government teacher's salary.  The name for the mission was chosen around the fireside one evening, combining "Warang" the Wiradjuri word for "camp" and "esda", the last part of the scriptural "Bethesda" (Hebrew meaning "house of mercy").

By the end of 1880, Gribble was able to write a newspaper article describing the mission. At that stage, seven houses had been built inside the ten acre mission settlement, enclosed by a post and rail fence. There were 42 Aboriginal residents, of which two thirds were said to attend the school. All of the building work had been done by the Aboriginal men





Address:Carrington Street, St Paul`s Anglican Church, Darlington Point, 2706
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.569167
Long: 145.999167
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Tuesday 19th September, 1893
Front Inscription

In Loving Memory of the


Founder of the Mission & the Blackfellows Friend

Who died June 3rd 1893.

Aged 45 years.


Died Feby 1885. 

'Faithful in little'

Source: MA,H
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