Coates, Dandeson ( - 1846)


Member of the CMS Committee from 1817, Assisstant Secretary from 1824, first Lay Secretary (1830-1846); resident at Church Missionary House, Salisbury Square.


Career Highlights

Coates represented the Anglican missionary movement when he gave evidence to Buxton's House of Commons Select Committee on Aborigines in 1836, providing one of the few bodies of evidence relating specifically to the Aborigines of NSW. He opined that they had "a special claim upon the interposition of the Government as being British subjects", having been not only "dispossed of their country by an act of the British Government", but had "their condition rendered still worse than it previously was, by the introduction among them of European vices and crimes"