Three plastic-wrapped pallets sit in a Wellington loading dock. Not much to see here. But this 945-kilogram load holds taonga (treasure), both historical and spiritual – sacred even. This is the archive of the Lutheran Church of New Zealand, bound for Lutheran Archives in Adelaide.
Matthew 19:26 assures us that, ‘with man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible’. Retiree Robert ‘Rob’ Krause reflects on that Bible verse when he thinks of the decades of service he has provided to his local community. It is service provided simply because he has seen a need.
Hundreds of photos capture life at Lutheran missions in South Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland are securely maintained at Lutheran Archives in Adelaide. But, for many Aboriginal people, distance means they can’t browse the photos and viewing them online may not be an option.