Sunday, the twenty-second day of October, 1922

The dull dawn of a listless Sunday morning broke over the stony, arid landscape, looking drab and almost colourless in the dust haze under lowering banks of clouds. After breakfast Stolz held a brief devotional outdoor service for the Hermannsburg party. This service was attended also by Mrs Elliot and most of the dark population. […]

Posted at 7:15 pm on 22 October 1922 | Leave a comment | Filed Under: Journey to Horseshoe Bend | Continue reading

Saturday, the twenty-first day of October, 1922

Light clouds had begun spreading over the sky during the hot and stifling night that followed. They had served to shut in and to conserve the heat of the preceding day like layers of insulating material thrown over a pre-heated surface. For the second night in succession no one at Horseshoe Bend had slept much. […]

Posted at 7:14 pm on 21 October 1922 | Leave a comment | Filed Under: Journey to Horseshoe Bend | Continue reading

About

Theodore George Henry Strehlow was born in 1908 at Nthariye (or Hermannsburg) in the traditional homelands of Western Arrernte people. Nthariye became Hermannsburg when German Lutherans started the Finke River Mission there in 1877. Ted, as he came to be known, was the son of Reverend Carl Strehlow, who headed the Mission between 1894 and 1922. He was fourteen years of age when, prompted by his father’s death, he and his mother left the Mission to live in Adelaide. But, after completing his formal education, Strehlow returned to central Australia in 1932 for the first of many stays.

The ‘Journey to Horseshoe Bend‘ is an account of his father’s death.

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