In the present volume, which is a groundbreaking first modern account of Moravian missions in Australia, Jensz offers a critical and complex reading of the history of the Moravian missionary activities that took place between 1850 and 1908 in the British colony of Victoria (South Eastern Australia). Drawing on wide-ranging archival resources, Jensz reconstructs a chapter in Moravian mission history that hitherto has not received much attention. She admirably succeeds in connecting the details of this story to the larger developments and themes in Australian colonial history and the history of Christian mission.

Jensz's account covers a time span of about sixty years and is based on the chronology of events between 1848 and 1908. While Moravian leaders had contemplated the idea of sending missionaries to Australia as early as 1772, serious deliberations began during the 1840s when the Moravian Church received several requests from officials associated with the colonial...

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