Monday, November 7th.
His Grace the Archbishop led the first discussion with a series of questions:-
Each team then gave an account of its activities: –
Until the beginning of this year the complete administration of the reserve had been in the hands of the Missioner. Food rations, railway tickets had been issued and rents received. Kindergarten, women’s social club, homework classes were arranged. Employment found, domestic problems discussed, clinic visits arranged, sick taken to hospital, furniture and clothing provided; broken doors and louvres fixed, taps adjusted and replaced, rubbish clearance arranged. Arrangements with Rector for confirmation, baptism, Sunday school, etc.
Additional to above: Hold sewing and cooking classes weekly, provide lunch for kindergarten children, visit Albany and Kendenup reserves. Sunday school weekly on reserve and regular Church services.
See children onto school bus. Interviews with local and government officials. Visit and encourage natives in town houses. Vandalism creates continual maintenance of louvres, fly-wire, electric light globes and fittings. Hospital and gaol visiting. Picking up gifts of clothing and furniture, and conducting sales of same. Sewing class on the reserve and in town. Arranging employment; conducting ‘Evenings’ on the reserve on Friday and Saturday evenings. Weekly Sunday School. Arranging sporting activities.
School homewrork; liaison with hospital, school, local committee, police; First-aid and dressings, building maintenance such as louvres, drains, demolition of houses; welfare and domestic problems.
Welfare problems; house-hunting; provision of furniture; co-operation with school; Infant welfare Clinic; Immunisation Clinic; kindergarten; local council and health authorities. Bathing facilities provided; assistance given in handling money.
Boys found apprenticeships and semi-skilled jobs; treated as a family; taught how to save. Hostel vehicle used for picking up clothing, furniture, etc. for the Mission from donors in thE Metropolitan area, and delivered to field teams.
Discussion on the various points followed during Monday evening and Tuesday and the main conclusions were as follows:-
The barriers to Acceptance were considered as follows:-
Hospital Costs: It was realised that it was practically impossible to persuade the natives to join a Hospital Benefits Fund, when they knew the Dept. pays for their hospitalisation
Other subjects discussed were:
Christian Witness: It was generally agreed that no amount of teaching, preaching, or services on the reserve would influence the people, unless there was a change of heart among them, individually. The Missioners’ task was to show them the love of Christ in word and action.
This document is from the personal papers of Mary Elliott – the language is that of the author