Warangesda Aboriginal Mission and Station was the vision of Reverend Gribble to protect the Aboriginal people in the area who were hunted and mistreated. He wanted the area to be a sanctuary for the 'poor blacks'. Reverend Gribble was a Church of England missionary who with the best of intentions developed the site to be a working farm but he imposed a missionary model of management. Rev. Gribble wrote a book 'black but comely' and kept a mission diary which recorded the daily life of all those who lived on the property. The lack of support Rev Gribble received in fact led to him leaving the mission which eventually ended up run and owned by the Government.

Over the years a number of descendants have written books, painted or recorded oral histories. The Government of the day also kept records or the site and the inhabitants. There are many newspaper articles written that are held in Trove and other sites.

Below is a selection of articles and publications available about the Mission Site.
Additional information will be added over time.


The Warangesda Mission: in the newly formed Diocese of Riverina, New South Wales by J.B. Gribble:


Reverend John Gribble. Missionary Diary 1973-1905. (to be provided):


Managers Diary, Warangesda 1887-97 (to be provided):


John Gribble, 1886. Black, but Comely, (Glimpses of) Aboriginal life in Australia:


Peter Read, 1988. A hundred years war: the Wiradjuri people and the state:  (to be provided)


Peter Kabaila, 1993. Warangesda – archaeological reconstruction of an Aboriginal mission:  (to be provided)


Peter Kabaila, 2011. Survival Legacies: Stories from Aboriginal settlements of southeastern Australia:


Arnold Long, 1960. Treasure in an earthen vessel. Bobby Peters. A Chosen vessel: (to be provided)


Beverley (Gulambali) 1937-, and Elphick, Don 1932-. The Camp of Mercy; an Historical and Biographical record of the Warangesda Aboriginal Mission/Station, Darlington Point, New South Wales:


Kate Holmes, 1993. Warangesda Aboriginal Mission Report on Archaeological Component Conservation Works. Cultural Heritage Division, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service:;query=;brand=default


Philippa Scarlett, 2001. How soon they forget – the art of Roy Kennedy:


Kathleen Schilling, 1995. Residents on Warangesda Mission 1887-1896. AIATSIS:


Peter Rimas Kabaila, May 1999. Archaeological Aspects of Aboriginal Settlement of the period 1870-1970 in the Wiradjuri Region. A thesis submitted for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at the Australian National University:


Peter Kabaila, 1993. Archaeological Layout of Warangesda:

Archaeological Layout of Warangesda


Peter Kabaila, 1993. Warangesda - archaeological reconstruction of an Aboriginal mission:


Peter Read, 2006. The Stolen Generations. The removal of Aboriginal children in New South Wales 1883 to 1969:


Peter John Read, July 1993. A history of the Wiradjuri people of New South Wales 1881-1969. A thesis submitted for a degree of Doctor of Philosophy of the Australian National University:


NSW Legislative Assembly 1883. Report on working of Aboriginal Mission Stations at Warangesda & Maloga:



  • Sydney Morning Herald (NSW: 1842 - 1954), Saturday 22 July 1882, page 9
  • Church of England Messenger for Victoria and Ecclesiastical Gazette for the Diocese of Melbourne (Vic. 1889)
  • Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW: 1901 - 2001), Friday 20 November 1925
  • New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW: 1832 - 1900), Thursday 22 March 1883 (No.117), page
  • National Library of Australia – 1881 Warangesda Aboriginal Mission Report.


Peter Read, 2000. Freedom and Control on the Southern Institutions, New South Wales, 1879–1909 (CHAPTER 4):


Warangesda Historical & Art Exhibition Booklet – July 2017:


Movable Heritage Items: (information to be added)


Warangesda Postcards - designed as part of the Warangesda art & historical exhibition project in 2017:



WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander [viewers, listeners, readers] are advised that this website contains images and voices of people who are now deceased.