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Composed and shared by Ceduna Old Photos, Sue Trewartha and Erica Bodger.
Pastor Wiebusch, Pioneer Missionary, Koonibba. “I left home in America on 26 July 1901, accompanied by my young wife and arrived at Port Adelaide on 30 October. On 5 Dec we left on a very small boat for Denial Bay and after a tedious trip arrived on 10 Dec. When we got close up to the shore the anchors were dropped and we were carried by the stalwart sailors to a waggon which landed us safely on the desolate beach. A hot north wind was blowing and the thermometer soared up to 116 degrees. But even now we had not completed our journey, the Mission was 25 miles away. We packed all our things into a German wagon and we had to make ourselves as comfortable as possible on top of all the luggage and cargo. The driver, overcome by heat gladly gave the reins to me and we moved on through the thick scrub along dusty roads. The heat was so intense we had to pull up occasionally to refresh ourselves with tank water, which in almost every instance was contaminated with dead birds and rabbits. After about eight hours we finally reached our destination, worn out and begrimed from our long journey. We were welcomed by farm manager, Mr G Schultz, and his family and 30 natives. After spending the first night sleeping on bags of wheat we spent the next few days in arranging our primitive home. This parsonage consisted of four small rooms without ceilings and no passageway…”