1839 – Overland Expedition and Aboriginal School

Alexander Buchanan commanded an overland exhibition from Sydney to Adelaide. The expedition was armed and violence ensued with Aboriginal people on the way. At least 5 Aboriginal people were killed, with many more wounded. Governor Gawler believed the killings to be pre-emptive. In Adelaide, a school for Aboriginal children was opened on the banks of the Torrens by German missionaries Teichelmann and Schurmann. Its aims were to “civilise and Christianise native inhabitants.”
Courtesy of Photographer: Catherine Manning, History SA