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Central to the debate over the means required for the 'civilising' process to be achieved was the different priorities given to each of the twin components of the civilising mission, 'civilisation' on the one hand, and the Christian religion on the other.
After first providing a brief summary of the history of the civilising mission in South Australia, including, briefly, the historical impetus for its implementation, I will discuss the shared beliefs of Grey and the German missionaries regarding the nature of human progress and human difference.
As James Belich writes of the civilising mission in New Zealand, '[t]o people who could conceive of no higher state than Britishness, making it available to 'natives' seemed an act of enlightened generosity'.
Colonised at a time when the civilising mission served to justify colonisation, South Australia was established amid the rhetoric of the benefits it would bring to the original owners of the land.
Although this school was established as part of the administration's civilising programme, the missionaries were free to provide schooling in accordance with their own ideas regarding the most effective means of 'civilising' Indigenous people.
As apt and intelligent': Shared beliefs underpinning the civilising mission
As men who believed in the importance and feasibility of the civilising mission, Grey and the missionaries shared important beliefs and assumptions about Aborigines and their ability to be 'civilised'.
Architects such as Pierre Thibault (Canada), PLOT (Denmark), Tezuka Architects (Japan), Sean Godsell (Australia), Barkow Leibinger (Germany), Camenzind Evolution (Switzerland) and Ofis (Slovenia) show that architecture can indeed be a refining influence, capable of nurturing and civilising future generations.
Moneo's achievement is to have taken hold of a discordant body and out of it to have created an interior of abstract harmony His is an exceedingly civilised and civilising building.