Churches Not Doing Enough
BENDIGO (V ). January 21
Criticism of the indifference of churches towards Australian aborigines, while on the other hand they were sup- porting foreign missions, was expressed by Mr. W. B. Payne, home missioner at the Cummeragunja Mission Station, when preaching at the Church of Christ, Bendigo. The station is 20 miles from Echuca on the New South Wales side of the Murray.
Mr. Payne said that within a few hours' journey of many Christian churches there were hundreds of abor- igines with nobody caring for them. For five years he had been working prac- tically alone, so far as the Christian churches were concerned. While thousands of pounds were being raised for missions in foreign countries the aborigines in Australia were regarded as outcasts. He added that Eddie At- kinson, an educated aborigine at Cum- meragunja, had been preaching to his own people for more than 20 years, and not one white man had stood with him for a month.
The mission is endeavouring to obtain sufficient financial support to send Mr. Atkinson to other places so that he may regularly preach to aborigines. It is in- tended to take the choir to all the Churches of Christ within reasonable distance so that the people will realise the capabilities of the Aborigines.