Conference of German-Australian History and Heritage 2018: Australisches Deutschtum

17 August 2018 09:00 to 19 August 2018 17:00 (Australia/Adelaide)

University of Adelaide, Australia

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

  • Kayannie Denigan
  • 19 August 2018 10:50
  • W P Rogers Room

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 Quee...