Collection MS 1120 - Archives

Archives, Reel 1, pp.1-105 Archives, Reel 1, pp.106-185 Archives, Reel 2, pp.1-61 Archives, Reel 1, pp.186-270 Archives, Reel 2, pp.62-203 Archives, Reel 2, pp.204-305 Archives, Reel 2, pp.306-396 Archives, Reel 2, pp.397-453 Archives, Reel 2, pp.454-555 Archives, Reel 2, pp.556-680
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AU PMB MS 1120




  • 1905-1982 (Creation)

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6 reels; 35mm microfilm.
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French Marists first reached the Solomon Islands in 1845. A decade on, the losses of this expedition were great: San Cristobel, Woodlark, Umboi and Tikopia had all been abandoned; nine missionaries were dead. Under the auspices of the Oceania Marist Province, missionaries re-entered the Solomon Islands in May 1898. Apolostic Vicariates were established in the North and South Solomons and a Vicariate of the Western Solomons was established in 1960. After 1967 the Vicariats became known as Dioceses.
Catholic development was directed from the Mission Station at Visale Station, Guadalcanal, before World War II, and from Honiara after the war. Though the Marist Fathers stayed at their posts during the war many records were detroyed and surviving records were subsequently decimated by mould and termites. See aslo the Mission journal, Na Turupatu, 1911-1958, 1970-1971, at PMB Doc 423 and Oceania Marist Provincial archives re North and South Solomons at OMPA 361-400.

Diocesan correspondence with the following Mission Stations:
Ata'a/Ususue 1957-1967
Malageti 1953-1971
Tarapaina 1950-1970
Ata'a land 1961-1973
Makina 1971-1974
Rohinari 1972-1974
Avu Avu 1946-1981
Makina Marau District
Tsuva 1964-1970
King George VI School
1951-1954 Manivovo
Visale 1948-1953, 1961-1969
Buma 1927, 1947-1982
Rokera 1946-1968
Wanoni Bay 1945-1970
Buma land 1946-1981
Ruavatu 1944-1977
Yandina 1963-1970
Dala 1950-1976 (gaps)
Tangarare 1943-1968

Together with correspondence held by theWanoni Bay Mission Station, 1905-1957, and a box file labelled World War II, and history and customs.

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Holy Cross Catholic Centre, Honiara (Archdiocese of Honiara, P.O. Box 237, Honiara, GPO, Solomon Islands)

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Archivist's note

Digitised in October 2015.

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These reels were split into 38 PDFs for the digital version.

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