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'A threat to national security': Aboriginal Lutherans in World War 2

In May 1942 almost 300 Aboriginal people living on the Lutheran mission of Cape Bedford in Far North Queensland were ‘evacuated’ from their homes and sent to Woorabinda. At a time when Australians were fearful of infiltration by Japanese and German spies, these Aboriginal Lutherans were accused of sending ‘smoke signals’ to the Japanese and were deemed a threat to the security of the nation. The resulting eight years in exile and the fight to return home—with the support of Lutherans across Queensland—changed the culture of the community and its people.

Im Mai 1942 wurden fast 300 Aborigines, die auf der lutherischen Mission von Cape Bedford in Far North Queensland lebten, aus ihren Häusern "evakuiert" und nach Woorabinda geschickt. Zu einer Zeit, als die Australier Angst vor der Infiltration durch japanische und deutsche Spione hatten, wurden diese Aboriginal Lutheraner beschuldigt, "Rauchsignale" an die Japaner zu senden und wurden als Bedrohung für die Sicherheit der Nation angesehen. Die daraus resultierenden acht Jahre im Exil und der Kampf um die Rückkehr nach Hause - mit der Unterstützung von Lutheranern in ganz Queensland - veränderten die Kultur der Gemeinschaft und ihrer Menschen.

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Kayannie Denigan is Aṉangu Luritja with family and cultural ties to Bagarrmuguwarra and Kuku Yalanji Bama of Eastern Cape York. She is currently completing a Master of Arts (History) at the University of New England with a focus on Aboriginal history. Her research interests include the history of Hope Vale and Wujal Wujal missions and the impact on church denomination on mission cultures across Australia. Kayannie is also the Family History Unit Manager at the Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies.

Kayannie Denigan ist Aṉangu Luritja mit familiären und kulturellen Beziehungen zu Bagarrmuguwarra und Kuku Yalanji Bama vom Eastern Cape York. Derzeit absolviert sie einen Master of Arts (Geschichte) an der University of New England mit einem Schwerpunkt auf der Geschichte der Aborigines. Ihre Forschungsinteressen umfassen die Geschichte der Missionen Hope Vale und Wujal Wujal sowie die Auswirkungen von Missionskulturen in ganz Australien auf die kirchliche Denomination. Kayannie ist auch Leiterin der Familiengeschichte am australischen Institut für Aborigines und Torres Strait Islander Studies.

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