Welcome to the University of Newcastle's
Aboriginal Missions and Reserves Historical Database
(AMHRD), emanating from the School of Liberal Arts under the
direction of Assoc. Prof. Hilary M. Carey and Dr. David Andrew
Roberts. The database aims to provide a comprehensive and authoritative
online resource for researchers in Aboriginal and mission history.
To date, the database had two
major components, The Wellington Valley Project and Awaba.
The Wellington Valley: Papers
Relating to the Church Missionary Society Mission to Wellington
Valley, New South Wales, 1830 - 42.
The Wellington Valley Project offers a full, critical edition
of the records of the Church Missionary Society's mission to
the Wiradjuri people of Wellington Valley in the newly opened
districts west of the Great Dividing Range. At around 1,000
manuscript pages of letters, journals, diaries and reports,
written by four missionaries, these records represent one of
the largest and most important sources for the history of the
colonial frontier in New South Wales.
Awaba: A Database of Historical
Materials Relating to the Aborigines of the Newcastle-Lake Macquarie
Awaba contains an archive of historical records relating to
Aboriginal and European contact in the Awaba region of New South
Wales. From the Awaba site, you can read a transcript of the
Awabakal gospels and consult other texts and images relating
to the culture, history, language, people and places of Newcastle
and Lake Macquarie.