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The plaque commemorates the 150 Year celebration of Point Pearce Aboriginal community from 1868 to 2018.

The Yorke Peninsula Aboriginal Mission committee was established in Moonta in the early 1860’s and Reverend W. Julius Kuhn, a Moravian missionary began teaching Nharangga children in a wool shed near town. The committee began petitioning the government for a more permanent settlement and in 1868 the Point Pearce Aboriginal Mission was established. The settlement measured some 639 acres and was covered by thick scrub of tea tree, mallee and sheoak. Many of the Nharangga people were assembled at the mission and set about erecting the first buildings. A limestone quarry provided building material and a schoolroom and house for the Missionary were soon built.

By 1878, ten years after the establishment of the Point Pearce Mission, it’s acreage had been increased, the population had grown considerably and crops were being harvested. The settlement was like a small township with cottages and houses, wool sheds, workshops, a church and large underground stone tanks. A stone-walled garden supplied the kitchens with vegetables while water was carted from the Willows, where a series of windmills pumped spring water to the surface. Later, piping was laid to large storage tanks within the settlement itself.

When Poonindie Mission, on Eyre Peninsula, closed in 1894, Point Pearce became home to many of its people and new cottages were erected. The mission continued to expand and in late 1935 the hall was built. Other buildings included a meat shop, blacksmith’s, wheat barn, piggery, shearing sheds and chaff house.


Address:Powers Avenue, Point Pearce, 5573
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.416319
Long: 137.502896
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Culture
Actual Event Start Date:02-February-1868
Actual Event End Date:02-February-2018


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 28th September, 2018
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 The Point Pearce (Point Pierce) Aboriginal Community
            150 Year Celebration
                 1868 - 2018

To Commemorate The Establishment Of Point Pearce Mission
And Dedicated To The Memory Of The Original Families
Of The Past And Present
On This Day 28th September 2018


Source: MA
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