On 1 July each year, The Coming of the Light is celebrated by Torres Strait Islanders, marking the arrival of Christianity to the region. On 1 July 1871, representatives from the London Missionary Society arrived at Erub (Darnley Island) in the Torres Strait. Follow the link below as three Torres Strait Islanders discuss its significance in their own words in this digital story from our latest exhibition Islands.

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Australia's First Indigenous Evangelist?

Bennelong's third wife Boorong (Abaroo) had a boy named Dickey probably born in 1803. Boorong had been cared for by Mary Johnson, wife of Australia's first Chaplain, Rev Richard Johnson.

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Tribal Map of Australia

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Fire in the Outback by John Blacket (Free eBook)

God took the outcasts - rejected and despised Australian Aborigines - and transformed whole communities in a few days, first on an island in north Australia and later across the north, centre and west of Australia. This fire of revival transformed health, hygiene, attitude to work and education, and brought true reconciliation and love between families, clans and tribes that had been fighting for many generations.

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Aboriginal Smoking Ceremony and Its Effects

Read this article by Rodney Rivers on the rise of aboriginal religion in Australia.

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Excerpt from Report on Coniston Massacre Prayer Assignment 7-14 June 2017  by Kris Schlyder

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Read this essay on the Aboriginal influence on Australian culture by Dr. Graham McLennan

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More 40 Indigenous stories at:

200 years of Aboriginal Encounter with Christianity: A story of Hope

Over 900 pages

One Blood

By John Harris

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'First Aboriginal convert to Christianity over 500 years ago?'

a half millennium of hope the voyage of the Espoir to the southland and

the Southland's call to Christendom (1503 – 1505)

Harvey W. Brice

Word Document

Essays on the History and Experience of Revival and Revivalism in Australian Christianity, Chapter 15: Rainbow or the Serpent?

Observing the Arnhem Land Aboriginal Revival, 1979 and now.

by John Blacket

Word Document

Don't go to Gilgandra or you will get converted: the story of the Aboriginal Naden family

by Robyn Walton, Coo-ee Calls 103, Jan 2008, pp1-10


Pacific Nations

Evangelical Revivals in the Pacific. Robert Evans Plus Three Addresses on the 1972 Revival in Papua - New Guinea by Margaret Reeson, Joan Rule, and Keith Everingham. Compiled and Edited

by Robert Evans

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Evangelical Revivals in New Zealand

by Robert Evans and Roy McKenzie (1999)

This book seeks to outline the main evangelical revivals and evangelistic efforts in New Zealand history, and some of the characters who were involved in this.

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William Cooper, Gentle Warrior by Barbara Miller

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Hear the story of Pastor Doug Nicholls. He was an aboriginal activist, boxer, represented Victoria in Australian Rules Football, and pastor of a Church of Christ in Melbourne. Broadcast in segment “Christians who have made a difference” on “Songs of Hope”, 8am Sunday 88.3 Southern FM


God’s Fire

68 minutes

A documentary film on God’s revival fire among Indigenous Australians in North Australia and its impact on the nations.

God’s Firestorm: Elcho Island Fireball

87 minutes

An 87 minute documentary film on God’s transforming firestorm of revival that started among Yolnu Aborigines at Galiwin ‘ku, Elcho Island in 1979 and spread around Arnhem Land and then across most of Australia.

God’s Firestorm: Elcho Extra Stories

74 minutes

From Dan and Sue Armstrong, Djiniyini Gondarra, Wendell Flentje, Anna Edwards, Jovilisi Ragata, and includes worship dances and Buthiman’s prayer map.

Aborigines and Evolutionary Racism

by Dr Carl Wieland

Read this article about Aborigines and evolutionary racism


Darwin's Bodysnatchers: New Horrors

by Dr Carl Wieland, M.B., B.S.

Creation Ministries

Read this article about Aboriginal people being deliberately killed to provide ‘specimens’ for evolutionary research