WWWalker Mt Margaret Mission, Western Australia Archives and Publications, 1930s
New Book on Mt Margaret Mission by S Preston Walker
"Enriching Australia through Educating Indigenous People: 'Building a Nation' : WA Goldfield Suggests the Way by the Assimilation Policy" by S Preston Walker, 2015 (unpublished yet), ISBN 9780646495569
In 2008, my father S Preston Walker just about finished a new book on Mt Margaret in the 1950s as well as other industrial missions in the Kimberley that educated aborigines and helped them advance in life to major posts in society in Australia, mainly West Australia.
We purchased world rights for the sheet music in my father's book so we can sell it anywhere!
It was due out in 2009 but it needed a lot of editing by me (Dwight Walker, his son)!
In March 2012, the book is now being edited using Adobe Creative Cloud InDesign Subscription (Software as a Service for a small amount per month) to update many citations and add more information from other people and my father's archives in that era. Then we will pay for 10 copies the book to be printed on paper at a time as well sell it via Kindle and EPUB online. In September 2013 and January 2009, we lost orders for 3 copies because the book is being constantly delayed. Please verify status before ordering.
In June 2012, I crashed the laptop the book was being edited on so I backed it up and am saving to buy a new laptop to swap the hard drives. This will hold up the book a few months may be til December 2012. There is only 1 month left of editing to finish the book before publication. Repairs removed all my spare cash so I have been saving madly to get back up to speed to finish it. I paused the InDesign subscription.
In June 2013 at my brother Lyndon's house in Brisbane, I restarted using InDesign by subscription and finished editing book and am now fixing up the index as pages were added to the book wrecking the old index. The index was corrupted in December 2013 so I attempted to repair it from backups.
In January 2014 I bought a new laptop in Brisbane.
In January-March 2015 in Caboolture, I edited the book but the Adobe Creative Cloud subscription ran out before it was finished.
I am also scanning old photo albums of S Preston Walker to find relevant pictures of aboriginal missions he was in.
In 2015, with Smoker family in Perth, we have unearthed slides my brother Rhys scanned of my father's of Fitzroy Crossing. One family Shandley found their grandfather's picture in our collection. My father married Jock and Rita Shandley in 1954 at Fossil Downs Station.
The book may be out in December 2017 at this rate.
In December 2016 my brother Rhys went to Perth and gave a large number of Dad's photos of UAM in 1940s and 1950s to State Library of WA which caused all sorts of copyright issues for the book "Enriching Australia through educating indigenous people". Those photos are now processed by SLWA as of 29/7/17.
In December 2016, I went to Belgrave Heights Convention, Melbourne and met Melbourne Bible Institute (Melbourne School of Theology) ex principal David Price and his wife who knew my father at MBI and later in Moree NSW in about 1960 when Dad was in AWB. Dad went out from Belgrave Heights/MBI as a missionary in 1940. This is where he was given his impetus. While there at Koorong Books I got a book "Marvellous Melbourne and Spiritual Power: A Christian Revival and Its Lasting Legacy" by Will Renshaw (Koorong) re mission movement at MBI/Belgrave Heights in 1920s onwards. Also I got "Leon Morris: One Man's Fight for Love and Truth" by Neil Bach (Koorong), the principal of Ridley College when I was a boarder there when I studied MBBS at Melbourne Medical School in 1979-80 to become a missionary doctor which did not eventuate. Ridley had good Christian Anglican evangelical roots which I am now drawing on to give me Christian drive years after I left there in 1980. Leon Morris wrote many theology books including John's Commentary.
In October 2017, I migrated my bookmarks from Delicious to Pinboard.
S Preston Walker death
Preston Walker died on 10/2/2009 in Brisbane, aged 93. A private funeral was held on 20/2/09 in Brisbane for immediate family. On 21/2/09 there was a huge celebration gathering at Creek Rd Presbyterian Church, Carina, Brisbane with video, photos and letters and tributes given by family and friends for over 2 hours - a quite astounding show of love for Preston Walker and his life over many years in many parts of Australia.
Tragically the book Dwight Walker was editing was not finished before he died mainly due to lack of funds, but his father did see a draft before he died,
and it will be published post-humously. A copy of the August 2008 version of the book ex citations and bibliography was published in time for his father to see it and for the funeral so people writing eulogies could collect valuable information about Preston Walker's amazing life.
Many bits from the book are in the obituary written by Dwight Walker published in
Dwight's father was a very popular Christian worker for over 60 years.
Cataloguing and Scanning of S P Walker's Library
To hasten the publication of the book, in April 2011, Dwight Walker catalogued S P Walker's library of books, pamphlets, cassettes, slides, tapes and pictures using ResourceMate (Windows library software for internet copy cataloguing). Dwight scanned 500 photos and Rhys his brother scanned 2000 slides of S Preston Walker for 1930-1990 from the family archives some of which will be used in the book.
In October 2011, the library was put in storage as Kathleen Walker went into a nursing home.
In March 2013, I moved the library to my brother Lyndon's house in Brisbane and am now accessing the material to finish the book editing and indexing ready for publication.
In August 2014, I moved the library to my own unit in Caboolture and am working on finishing and shipping it.
We plan to sell 'Enriching Australia through educating indigenous people' via our Website.
I will soon have a PayPal buy button to take payments for the book once it is on the market. Books will then be shipped worldwide from Caboolture QLD either in paper or digital format.
Contact us if you want to pre-order a copy, either paper or digital.
- The Bible to thousands: fulfilling the vision with the Bible Society in Australia 1963-1979 S Preston Walker, 2005, ISBN 9780646521473, 81 pages
State Library of WA Digital Archives of Mt Margaret Mission, 1930s
Dwight Walker was searching for his mother's name on the Internet and stumbled on the State Library of WA's digital archives of Mt Margaret Mission where his father and mother worked or visited as missionaries in the 1940s in the United Aborigines Mission. In May 2007, the digital archives at State Library of WA were removed because the catalogue cannot access the records and some of the images are corrupted.
To get these PDFs online, I could integrate the library catalogue at State Library of WA with a spider to collect meta data.
I am a pioneer in Web indexing. This would be a case of me upgrading the libraries catalogue to handle indexing electronic content.
Contact us if you need similar problems solved in your library catalogue. We are experts in meta data and Web indexing.
About Mt Margaret
My father SP Walker worked at the Christian aboriginal industrial mission run by Rod Schenk in 1940-42 at Mt Margaret north of Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, in the Goldfields (Latitude: -28.7904, Longitude: 122.147). This material was originally at State Library of WA
in Perth but they are removing it to redo some of the corrupted images. This is a stop-gap till their copies are available.
I asked them to keep the old stuff up there but no they want to do it the perfect way. Archivists are not technical whereas I am
and find this stand-off over process most frustrating. One day I will visit Perth and sort out the technical issues as a software engineer
and librarian which I am - a rare mix. Most of my colleagues are BA not BSc (comp sci) so have no idea about technology and fight it all the way - rather upsetting for me.
The ignorance of people in power that control such vital information assets is very sad and I in my small way hope to stem the tide of technical ignorance in the
library and archives fields. Disk space is very cheap but the process seems to be more important than that in archivists' minds.
In these documents are a host of 1930s photos scanned in by the Battye Library, State Library of WA. Some are corrupted but most are OK. The originals will be only accessible at the Battye Library in Perth once they remove the digital versions.
The Schenks donated the photos to the library to be digitised in 2003 (Knowit Jan-Mar 2003, p.2).
Schenk's records at Battye (Katitjin Sep 03)
Aboriginal arts group in Alice Springs contacted me in July 2010 asking for Margaret Morgan's details so they could get permission to reprint pictures of raffia work from Mt Margaret Mission in their book. This was very rewarding. They found me via this Web page.
Good news (4 Aug 2008)!
The State Library of WA has restored the links below so we now have even more Mt Margaret PDFs!
Source: A drop in a bucket : the Mount Margaret story by Margaret Morgan, 1986, Mission Publications of Australia, Lawson, NSW, Australia, ISBN 0949181013 - out of print.
- On Track, Presbyterian Inland Mission, Autumn 2012 (PDF - 6.2MB) - John Flynn, 1912-2012
- UAM Messenger, Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales, Sydney
- Moore College Library, Newtown, Sydney
- Fisher Library, Sydney University, Sydney
- New Life
- State Library of Victoria, Melbourne
- National Library of Australia, Canberra, ACT - newspaper room
- Perth Bible College, WA
- new history of UAM written by Stewart Gill due out past 2011 (Stewart Gill will not finish the book quickly as he works as principal at Emmanuel College, University of Queensland, Brisbane and does not have the time)
- UAM Recordings, 25 Border Drive, Deepdale WA 6532, Ph/Fax: +61-8-9965 2313, Glyne and Pam Cranwell
- Presbyterian Church of Queensland Archives, Brisbane
- UAM Ministries - office hours: 10am-2pm, Wednesdays - pretty hard to get hold of!
Part of my consulting is indexing books and PDF files as in the Mt Margaret Mission research.
In 2010, I also setup a searchable book index database at indexdata.info which holds indexes I created as I was researching Mt Margaret Mission. The indexes can be downloaded as PDFs. I had to protect it from spammers and spiders so it is no longer available to the public.
Current books indexed are:
- The Bible to thousands: fulfilling the vision with the Bible Society in Australia 1963-1979 S Preston Walker, 2005, ISBN 9780646521473
- We will go : the history of 70 years training men and women for World Missionary Ministry WS Clack, Melbourne Bible Institute / Bible College of Victoria, 1990, ISBN 0646018183
- Carment Urquhart and his vision, the Perth Bible Institute Irene Spice, 1993, ISBN 0646165178
More will be added as they finished.
Only Melbourne School of Theology library have listed my indexes in their catalogue. No-one has used it directly except myself.
- Martin Luther King 28/8/1963 speech "I have a dream"
- William Wilberforce 19th century British Christian social reformer who stopped slavery in UK after 40 years of lobbying and arguing in parliament - very inspiring guy - he had an impact on Latrobe in Victoria when first aboriginal missions were being setup
- Aborigines trachoma eradication program by Melbourne Medical School and Melbourne Demons Football Club in Central Australia 7/13 - I went to Melbourne Medical School for 2 years 1979-80
- Remembering mission days - AIATSIS exhibition - AIM
- Our AIM Newsletters Vol 49 No 4, 17/12/1955, Aborigines Inland Mission of Australia (digitised by AIATSIS) - Sam Mollenhauer, Ben Mason, Bill Naden, Singleton Bible Institute
- Mission and reserve records - AIATSIS
- remoteFOCUS - Desert Knowledge Australia - Australian Government services in remote areas (aboriginal)
- Office of Northern Australia, Darwin NT - Dept of Industry, Innovation and Science 12/15
- White Paper on Developing Northern Australia Dept of Industry, Innovation and Science, Canberra 12/15
- Uniting Church Frontier Services Centenary Year 2012
- online store
- "At the very heart: 100 years in remote Australia" by Storry Walton
- "The Garden of Myth" by Joan Rogasch and Dulcie Andrew (Halls Creek WA nursing sisters)
- "Shifting Sands in Solid Rock" by Rob Linn
- "Palmerston to Darwin - 75 years of Service on the Frontier" by Arch Grant
- "Aliens in Arnhem Land" by Arch Grant (Rev Thomas Theodor Webb)
- The Hundred Year Book (for donors)
- Views Beyond the Furthest Fence: 100 years of outback mission by Stephen Dyer and Stuart Bonnington, Presbyterian Inland Mission, 2012 (online ordering)
- Beyond the furthest fences: the Australian Inland Mission collection, National Library of Australia, Canberra, Aug 2012-Aug 2013 - John Flynn and PIM/AIM - Canberra 100 - Beyond the Furthest Fences at NLA
- Stephen Kinnane - Noongar author from Southwest WA
- Alcohol restrictions in the Kimberley: Findings of Two year Evaluations of Alcohol Restrictions in Fitzroy Crossing and Halls Creek - Why Kimberley Restrictions have been largely successful? - UNSW seminar 11/9/12 - Steve Kinnane, University of Notre Dame for Nulungu Research Institute for the Drug and Alcohol Office (WA) - these female aboriginals, June Oscar and Emily Carter, worked with the Australian Government to restrict alcohol in Fitzroy Crossing and stop systemic abuse. They can manage their own affairs now and block evil in their environment! The Battle for Fitzroy Crossing: June Oscar is at the helm again 8/11/14
- Aboriginal Evangelical Fellowship Bible College of WA - ex Gnowangerup Bible Training Institute
- Aboriginal Evangelical Fellowship - Ben Mason, Ron Williams (deceased aboriginal pastors whom Preston Walker taught at Mt Margaret Mission in 1940s)
- Bimbadeen Christian Training and Conference Centre, Cootamundra NSW - Aboriginal Evangelical Fellowship Bible College - Ben Mason went here as well as Singleton Bible College - ex aboriginal mission
- Guide to institutions attended by Aboriginal people in WA, State Solicitor's Office, Perth WA, Nov 2005 (PDF) - 126 govt and church missions from 1900-1990 approx
- Report on Survey of Native Affairs by F.E.A. Bateman, presented to both Houses of Parliament by His Excellency's Command [SECOND SESSION OF THE NINETEENTH PARLIAMENT], Perth, By Authority: W.H. Wyatt, Government Printer, 1948, No.19 (PDF 4MB) - excellent summary of all WA Government and Church missions presented to the WA Parliament
- He speaks our language: the story of an Irish missionary in the Australian outback by Rob Douglas - bio of Wilf and Beth Douglas of UAM whom my father and mother knew on Sunday Island WA and who sketched Sunday Island etc and translated aboriginal languages
- Laverton Great Beyond Visitor Centre WA - Home of the Explorers Hall of Fame
- Wheels and wings in the wilderness by Sam Mollenhauer and Dick Hawthorn
- Days of Small Things by Roy and Mel Nash and Pamela Mann, Edited by Pamela Mann, ISBN: 987-0-9877941-0-9, Vancouver Island B.C. Canada: Pamela Nash Mann, due 2012 (printed in Australia)
- funds to bursary fund for indigenous people attending Bible College in Australia and Canada
- Roy and Mel Nash were UAM missionaries with Preston and Kath Walker in Fitzroy Crossing in 1951-55
- Sisters Pearls and Mission Girls SBS/NITV 23/12/17 - Beagle Bay Mission WA - Sisters of St John of God (Ireland/Australia)
- Wandering Bookseller - Indigenous Australia - Katoomba NSW - Christian aboriginal books
- WA.gov.au portal - one stop shop for WA Govt digital services
- health, mental health, culture, jobs, education, finance, housing, transport, communications
- Psychological Wellbeing - Closing the Gap Chandler Macleod Group (job agency) 3/17 - relevant after string of youth aboriginal suicides in Kimberley 6/17
- Inquest into high rate of suicide in Indigenous communities in WA's north 6/17
- aboriginal enterprises in Kimberley and Caboolture
- Lombadina Aboriginal Corporation - indigenous tourism operators - Dampier Peninsula - Bardi - ex Catholic Mission - 36km SW of UAM on Sunday Island
- Smarter Stronger Institute Caboolture QLD - aboriginal education consultants run by aboriginals! (NITV 4/17)
- Magabala Books, Broome, WA - independent indigenous publishing
- Centre for Appropriate Technology (CAT) - construction, IT, agriculture - nonprofit self-help
- Gooniyandi Aboriginal Corporation
- Yiriman Project - Fitzroy Crossing WA - training indigenous youth to be park rangers to connect with country - govt and private funded
- stations: Joy Springs, Gogo, Bohemia Downs, Louisa, Christmas Creek, Mount Peirre, Fossil Downs (SP Walker performed wedding in 1950s)
- Bayulu via Fitzroy Crossing
- native title
- Preston Walker visited Joy Springs and knew these people in 1990
- ex UAM mission Fitzroy Crossing
- ESS Engineering - mining
- Ngarda Civil and Mining
- Kimberley Region Service Providers (KRSP Pty Ltd)
- building maintenance company started in 1998 as a join venture between GJ Johnson and Co and Morra Worra Worra Aboriginal Corporation
- maintains oustations in Kimberley under government contract (when it exists)
- employs aboriginal tradesmen
- Wangki Yupurnanupurru Radio 6FX 936AM (Wangki Radio)
- aboriginal radio station in Kimberley WA
- 25 years anniversary in 2015
- helped kept going by Nooley Preston who accepted UAM Fitzroy Crossing when it was handed back to aborigines in 1987
- Dad's name was Preston Walker
- aborigines named their children Preston in honour of Dad's work among aborigines in UAM and WA Govt in 1950s at Fitzroy Crossing WA
- Morra Worra Worra Aboriginal Corporation
- code of conduct - very like Preston Walker's style
- Fitzroy Crossing
- native title
- ex UAM mission Fitzroy Crossing
- Marra Worra Worra Community Newsletter #7 Aug/Sep 2015 pp3-4 - New life for old Fitzroy photos (Mibalafoto) - Walkers contributed to this (archive)
- The editor used the photos from the slides and photos UAM missionaries contributed to local aboriginal people to find their forebears. It has helped them during 150 closures in WA of remote communities in mid-2015 by Australian Government to cope with dysfunction, isolation and pressure from finances. Dwight Walker has met a few from this area via Facebook Fitzroy Crossing Group.
- Junjuwa Community Incorporated By-laws, 1991 - no alcohol, no petrol sniffing, no dangerous driving, no entry without permission
- Mowanjum Aboriginal Art & Cultural Centre
- via Derby
- ex Presbyterian Mission
- Theatre Kimberley
- aboriginal outstations in Kimberley
- 1948-1990 etc
- portal of UAM missionaries' photos including photos kindly donated by Preston and Keith Walker, Smokers, Nashes, Faulkners, Burchams, Goods, Hudsons, Richards, Rowleys...
- major project helping aborigines reconnect with their past and ancestors who were involved in the mission
- some found picture of their grandfather Jock Shandley head stockman of Gogo Station through photo Preston Walker took in 1954 when he married Jock and Rita after they became Christians
- free access to aborigines to load on their smart phones as they are going through financial stress due to closure of 150 outstations by WA Government in June 2015 and need cheering up
- it was setup by Keren Masters (nee Smoker) in July 2015 with help of families in answer to repeated requests by aborigines for photos of their relatives in past times from the mission
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