MISSIONARY WORK IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA.
The Most Rev. Dr. Gibney writes as follows to the W. A. Record,. under date Derby, July 8 : —
" A party, consisting of Abbot Ambrose, a police trooper, a native guide and myself, left Derby to select a site for a misaion reserve on the 4th Jane. The native falling ill, we made a halt at the Teeda. Station. On the sixth we crossed the Fitzroy in the direction of the Reserve. Having missed the pool towards which we directed oar coarse, we were obliged to camp that evening without water, bat daring the night heavy rain fell. Oa the 9th we struck the Fraser River, and followed its course for two days, after which camped a second time without water, on which occasion also a heavy downpour of lain occurred. So far had fallen in with no blacks- On the 15th: Abbot Ambrose was down with the fever. On the 17th we reached Father M'Nab'a deserted mission station. Having been a week without flesh meat we here devoted a day to hunting ia order to obtain a supply. In this place we found about twenty natives. Those who were their companions at the mission ia Fr. M'Nab's time are now on a station belonging to Messrs. Hadley and Hunter, who employ about sixty natives, and describe them as quiet and docile. We again started on the 19th with replenished meat stores, and on the 20th reached Beagle Bay. During this part of our journey we met many natives travelling towards the south. We passed through four distinct tribes. Baldwin 's Creek was reached on the 25th. Hera oar suDply of provisions began to run short, and, finding we could not make Oarnot Bay as intended, we struck across to Lake Louisa, thence to Lake F^ra. Wo missed the latter lake, bat, fortunately, came upon a swamp called Yabba, a favonrite resort of natives, of whom, however, we saw none. Oa the 30th we continued our return journey, during which the Abbot was again attacked by fever. We arrived at Derby on the 4th July with party and horses all safe. My sincerest thanks are due to the resident magistrate of Derby, Mr. Lodge, to the Commissioner of Crown Lands, and the Commissioner of Police, for the valuable and willing assistance they have given me. Their help has done mucn to make our trying expeditioa successful. We have chosen a site for a mission station in the vicinity of Beagle Bay, and will endeavour to assemble natives upon it. The land od this selection is good, but the natives are few in number. Abbot Ambrose and ex-trooper Daly, who purposes joining the frappisfc Order, have left by the overland route for Goodenough Bay, and will take bullock teams on from Yeeda. We sail for the Reserve this evening in tbe police boat, the captain of tne Otway having refused to land as at Beagle Bay. In about two months I hope to have all settled, and to be able to begin my return journey to Perth."
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New Zealand Tablet, New Zealand Tablet, Volume XVIII, Issue 16, 15 August 1890
MISSIONARY WORK IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA. New Zealand Tablet, Volume XVIII, Issue 16, 15 August 1890
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