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Title: The Kaurna children's letters to the Dresden Mission Society (1840-1843): their significance and background
Author: Amery, Rob
Citation: An Author event presented by The Friends of the University of Adelaide Library
Issue Date: 2019
Series/Report no.: Discovery series
Abstract: In October 1838 two Lutheran missionaries, Clamor Schürmann and Christian Teichelmann of the Dresden Mission Society, arrived in Adelaide. They immediately set about learning the local Kaurna language. They opened a school at Piltawodli on the banks of the River Torrens where they taught Kaurna children to read and write in their own language. In 1841-43, a piece of classwork and two letters written by the children in the Kaurna language, using beautiful English copperplate writing, were sent to the Dresden Mission Society where they were retained in the archival collections now held by the Leipziger Missionswerk (Leipzig Mission). They were found in 1998 in storage in the Archives cellar. On 8 September 2014, these letters were presented on permanent loan by the Leipzig Mission to the Barr Smith Library where they are held on behalf of the Kaurna community. Associate Professor Rob Amery will present on the enormous significance of the letters, leading into the story of the Kaurna language movement and the wider connections with Germany through the work of Teichelmann and Schürmann.
Description: An Author event presented by The Friends of the University of Adelaide Library and held in the Ira Raymond Room, Barr Smith Library, 25 July 2019.
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