A photograph of the departure, from the Barossa Valley, of the first Lutheran missionaries to Lake Killalpaninna in northern South Australia
An original (and probably vintage) albumen paper photograph (103 × 150 mm), mounted on thin card captioned in pencil on the verso ('The first mission to the Mission Station'). There is a light 30 mm oblique crack to the surface of the image near the centre of the left-hand side, and a thin blue ink line in a similar position on the right-hand side (about the same length overall, extending some 20 mm on to the image); a few other light marks and creases to the mount do not detract from what is essentially very good condition all round.
The party consisted of Missionaries Johann Goessling and Ernst Homann, and two lay-helpers, Hermann Vogelsang and Johann Jacob. They set out from Langmeil [Tanunda] church on Tuesday 9 October 1866 with two large covered wagons and seven horses. This image, along with the full details of the epic journey and the first attempt to establish a mission among the Dieri [Diyari] in the Coopers Creek area, appears in 'A Work of Love and Sacrifice. The Story of the Mission among the Dieri Tribe at Cooper's Creek' by Pastors E.H. and H.F.W. Proeve (Tanunda, 1952), and in 'White Man's Dreaming. Killalpaninna Mission, 1866-1915' by Christine Stevens (Melbourne, Oxford University Press, 1994). A copy of both books is included in the lot. [3 items].