Interpreting Umeewarra -- 'road of the stars'

James, Jane
November 2005
Interpretation Journal;Autumn2005, Vol. 10 Issue 3, p5
This article presents information on the Umeewarra Mission of the Flinders Ranges in South Australia. Umeewarra Mission was established in the 1930s by missionaries from the Open Brethren Assemblies Church and ran, in the same location, for about 70 years. The site was deliberately selected as one that was close to a traditional Aboriginal camping and meeting area, in the hinterland of the tidal flats of Port Augusta. The name "Umeewarra," from amewara, which means "road of the stars," was derived from the position of the mission, located in the outback of South Australia, beneath the Milky Way. When the Umeewarra Mission was established it catered generally for three groups of children. Firstly, children removed from their families and land, from areas throughout central Australia, including South Australia and southern Queensland.


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