​In 1908, the Roper River Mission was founded by three people from Victoria and three from Queensland.  
Photo kindly supplied by State Library of Victoria.

Anglican Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders


Give thanks to God for the work of Anglican Missions involving Aboriginal people, including European and Aboriginal missionaries, recognizing their achievements as well as their mistakes. 

Give thanks for the people who have worked to preserve Indigenous languages, and for those who have worked to translate the Bible.

Give thanks for recent developments in General Synod supporting Indigenous people and for the special allocation of places for Indigenous People in General Synod.

Pray for...

Communities which have grown out of Anglican missions - these include:

  • Northern Territory
    • Ngukurr (Roper River Mission)
    • Groote Eylandt
    • Gunbalanya (Oenpelli)
    • Numbulwar (Rose River Mission)
    • Minyerri
  • Queensland
    • Torres Strait: Thursday Island, Saibi Island
    • Mainland: Yarrabah, Lockhart River, Kowanyama
  • South Australia
    • Point Pearce
  • Victoria
    • Lake Tyers
    • Scattered peoples from Lake Condah and Yelta.

Aboriginal Anglican Church leaders throughout Australia

Especially the Aboriginal Anglican Bishop [vacant] and the Torres Strait Islander Bishop, Bp Saibo Mabo.

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Anglican Council (NATSIAC)

NATSIAC formally represents the interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members of the Church nationally. It assists in the provision of pastoral care as well as assists, encourages and resources Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ministries.

  • Chair: The Reverend Gloria Shipp
  • Secretary: The Reverend Di Langham

Anglican Aboriginal Clergy in Victoria

  • The Reverend Janet Turpie-Johnstone and the Reverend Helen Dwyer (Melbourne)
  • The Reverend Kathy Dalton and the Reverend Phyllis Andy (Gippsland)
  • The Reverend Robyn Davis (Bendigo).

Anglican Indigenous Clergy across Australia

Training of Clergy and lay workers:

Supporting organisations

Financial support for Indigenous congregations

The provision of adequate finances, church buildings and equipment for Indigenous congregations (it is often not generally understood that few Indigenous clergy have the usual arrangements for the provision of income etc).


 Nungalinya College Darwin


Nungalinya College Darwin, foundation stone laid by Archbishop Sir Frank Woods in 1974. 

In 2013 Nungalinya College celebrated the 40th anniversary of its establishment by the Anglican and Uniting Churches, later joined by the Catholic Church. In those denominations, most Indigenous clergy have studied at Nungalinya College or its sister college, Wontulp-Bi-Buya in Cairns. From its earliest days, the College has developed strong relationships among Indigenous people from these churches, and others.



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