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On missions as places of survival

Summary

John Briggs insists on the benefits some missionaries brought to Aboriginal people.

Summary

John Briggs insists on the benefits some missionaries brought to Aboriginal people.

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I think all missions were a place of survival. Now for instance Kalumburu, up in the Dampier Peninsula north of Broome, was a – I don’t know if you’ve ever been there but that church is something to see. I think the monks, some monks went there first and that was a place where they settled and people came from everywhere to be a part of that community, and that was even before they took that to Broome. Every time I look at a place like that or even our, you know, even our area, I think the missionaries was a drawcard for people to go – for a few things. Education, health, wellbeing, all those types of things I think was really good from them.