1st Edition

Enlightened Aboriginal Futures

By Barry Judd, Katherine Ellinghaus Copyright 2024
    126 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book examines the radical intervention of the German-Australian Lutheran missionary F. W. Albrecht in the education of Aboriginal children. Albrecht’s ideas about consent, freedom of choice and personal autonomy were expressed in schemes designed to educate and empower Aboriginal people and efforts to find Aboriginal futures through education, training and employment.

    This book explores how Aboriginal people understood Albrecht’s work and the Enlightenment concepts on which it was based. In the context of an Anglo-Australian settler-colonialism that sought to systematically remove the freedom and autonomy of Indigenous people, this study demonstrates how those who participated in the Albrecht scheme were able to reconstruct themselves in ways that fused their own Aboriginal culture and identity with the ideas and values imported from an enlightened Germany.

    This book will appeal to students and scholars of cultural history, colonialism, Lutheranism, race and ethnicity and Indigenous studies. It will also be illuminating reading to policymakers searching for a deeper understanding of colonial interventions in Indigenous communities.

    Introduction 1.Made in Germany: The Import of Lutheranism and Enlightenment in Central Australia 2. Albrecht, Hermannsburg and the ‘Problem of Work’ 3. Mpartnwe and the Mission Block: Albrecht’s Education Scheme For Aboriginal Girls 4. Enlightened Girls: The Scheme in Action. Conclusion


    Barry Judd, Professor and Director, Indigenous Studies, and Deputy Vice Chancellor Indigenous, The University of Melbourne, Australia.

    Katherine Ellinghaus, Associate Professor of History, Department of Archaeology and History, La Trobe University, Australia.