One of the first open-air church services on Warruwi/Goulburn Island in 1916 attended by community members, with Reverend James Watson, the first teacher, Constance Amy Corfield and Mr and Mrs A.E. Lawrence. In her diary entry for 10 September 1916 Amy says that she attended church service in the morning out in the open air; played the organ with much pleasure. The photograph is thought to have been taken by Ted Ryko, Darwin's famous cyclist/photographer when he visited the mission in December 1916.


Picture: Library & Archives NT. Church Service South Goulburn Island, Reichenbach, Edward (attributed), PictureNT, Karilyn Brown Collection, PH0413/0045


Published: 26 June 2016

Forgotten Territory was a weekly photo column of historic images in the Northern Territory News which I curated from 2016 until 2019 supported by the collections of the Northern Territory Library and other cultural institutions around Australia, as well as local history Facebook groups. 

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These works were made on Arrernte, Larrakia, Gaddigal and Lenape land that was never ceded