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"King Taufa"

  • AU PMB MS 1029
  • Collection
  • c1930

The Reverend Collocott (1886-1970) served as a Methodist missionary in Tonga from 1911 until 1924, initially at Ha'apai and from 1915 as Principal of Tupou College. He wrote numerous papers on Tongan myths, legends, history, language, customs and astronomy for Mankind, the Journal of the Polynesian Society, Folklore and the special publications of the Bernice P. Bishop Museum, Honolulu. See also PMB 28

The typescript is not dated but is thought to have been written after Collocott left Tonga, possibly between 1921 and 1930. The manuscript is a history of Tonga centred around King Taufa'ahau (George Tupou I) and his family. It contains stories of creation, myths, legends, songs, and family histories and, as the chapter headings denote, the more recent history and personalities associated with the coming of the Europeans (Cook, Bligh, Edwards, Moulton, the London Missionary Society etc.). A number of published works are named as reference sources. The manuscript appears to contain twenty-six chapters but from Chapter 13 onwards the arrangement is very confused. The detailed list of the contents, at the beginning of the microfilm, also indicates the position of some additional pages in Collocott's handwriting. Annotations have been made at some time by an unknown researcher.
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Collocott Rev. Dr E.E.V.

'Notes ... sur sa vie'

  • AU PMB MS 654
  • Collection
  • c.1907

Bishop Navarre (1836-1912) was ordained in 1872. He began a mission on New Britain in 1882. In 1884, he arrived at Thursday Island to establish headquarters and prepare for the expansion of the Catholic Mission to the mainland of New Guinea. In the following year Navarre chose Fr Henry Verjus to establish a new station on Yule Island, Papua. Navarre moved to Yule Island himself in 1886, and in the following year returned to Europe to be consecrated Bishop at Issoudun, France. He was raised to the status of Archbishop in August 1888. He remained in Papua New Guinea until just before his death on 16 January 1912.

A typescript copy of autobiographical notes, observations and reflections by Mgr Navarre on his missionary experiences and the teachings of the Catholic Church.<BR>See also Encyclopaedia of Papua and New Guinea (Peter Ryan, ed.), Melbourne University Press, 1972, vol.2, pp.840-42.

Navarre Bishop Louis-Andre

'Notes sur la mission' by Father Jean-Marie Bazin

  • AU PMB MS 965
  • Collection
  • After 1922

The Catholic mission was established on Wallis Island by members of the Society of Mary in 1837. Father Bazin was superior of the mission from 1874 to 1896. He then returned to France where he died in 1947.

A notebook of 136 pages, with table of contents and illustrations, dealing principally with the Catholic mission to Wallis Island, but also containing chapters on Wallisian geography, fauna, flora and fish, Wallisian origins, voyaging, customs, kava, the family, ceremonies and songs, women's work and the history of Wallis. Other chapters contain autobiographical notes, information on the French residents in Wallis and details of the Brochard-Bazin affair.

Catholic Mission, Wallis Island

'Outlying Interlude'

  • AU PMB MS 517
  • Collection
  • 1942 - 1947

The author was a district officer in the British Solomon Islands Protectorate.

An account of life in the British Solomon Islands Protectorate.

Barrow G. Lennox

A Days March Nearer Home, Vols. 5, 6 & 12: Presbyterian Teachers Training Institute (Tti), Tangoa, Vanuatu, 1947-1973.

  • AU PMB MS 1140
  • Collection
  • 1947-1973

Dr Graham Miller and his wife Flora were missionaries in Vanuatu for the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand. They were based on the island of Tongoa (Shepherd Group) from 1941-1947. Dr Miller was principal of the Tangoa Training Institute (TTI) from 1947-52. In 1971 Dr Miller was invited to return to Vanuatu and help establish a Presbyterian Bible College. Dr Miller was also a member of the New Hebrides Synod and was closely involved with the indigenisation of the Presbyterian Church in Vanuatu. These papers concern Dr Miller's tenure at the TTI from 1947-52 and again on Tangoa from 1971-73.

The papers comprise three sections, or volumes. The first, Vol. 5, Five and a half years as Principal of the Teachers Training Institution, 1947-52, includes a description of the Miller's journey from Tongoa to Tangoa, his first steps as Principal, extracts from Dr Miller's LIVE books, photographs, lectures and the TTI's relationship with the condominium authorities. Section two, Vol. 6, Specimens of class lecture material at the Teachers Training Institute, Tangoa 1947-52, includes Dr Miller's selections of graded classroom notes which he used to assist the students in the main classroom disciplines, e.g. teaching the Bible, English, Christian conduct, practical training, church work & witness, teaching method, preaching class and Christian doctrine. Section three, Vol. 12, Presbyterian Bible College, Tangoa, 1971-73, includes papers on the Miller's return to Tangoa, plans for the Bible College, newsletters, TTI publications, patterns of student life & activities, student fieldwork, refresher courses, conferences, staff appointments and the Silver Jubilee of the PCNH. The volume concludes with descriptions of the 10th anniversary celebrations of the Bible College in 1981.<P><B>See reel list for further details</B>

Miller Rev. Dr J. Graham (1913-2008)

A History in diary form of Civil Aviation in Papua and New Guinea

  • AU PMB MS 7
  • Collection
  • 1913 - 1935

Mr Ian Grabowsky, born in Finland in 1899, was actively associated with New Guinea aviation from 1931 to 1937 as a pilot and manager for Guinea Airways Ltd. Between 1962 and 1967, he compiled a history of civil aviation in New Guinea to the year 1935 for the Commonwealth Department of Civil Aviation (Australia). For further details of Grabowsky's career and his compilation, see <I>Pacific Islands Monthly</I> for February, 1968, p.14.

A detailed account of the development of civil aviation and the exploits of the early fliers in New Guinea to 1935, drawing upon a wide range of published and unpublished material.<BR>Reel 1: Introduction; Vol.1 - Chapter 1 The Discovery of Gold 1529-1925. Chapter 2 The Early Transport System (including a section on oil, administration patrols and recruitment of human transport). Chapters 3 and 4 Transport and the Goldfields 1926 (Chapter 4 includes A Wild Road Winds to Wau by Mrs Alice Allen Innes, 'mine hostess' at Salamau from 1927, recounting an incident recorded in her diary). Chapters 5 to 7 deal with Air Transport and the Goldfields from 1927 to 1929 respectively. Vol.2 - Chapters 7 to 9 cover air transport and the goldfields from 1930 to 1932 respectively. Vol.3 - Chapter 10 Great Discoveries of New Lands, New People, New Wealth, New Ventures and New Ambitions.<BR>Reel 2: Vol.3 (cont.) Chapter 11 - 1934. Vol.4 - 1935.

Grabowsky Ian

A History of Henderson and Macfarlane Ltd

  • AU PMB MS 62
  • Collection
  • 1840 - 1902

Henderson and Macfarlane Ltd., one of New Zealand's best-known firms, was founded in Wellington (then called Port Nicholson) in 1840 by two Scottish immigrants, Thomas Henderson and John Macfarlane. The company exported timber, mainly kauri, and established its own shipping line. In the 1870's, the company became interested in the Pacific Islands trade and established a number of trading stations and coconut plantations. These were sold to Burns Philp, Lever Bros., and the Pacific Islands Company in the first years of the 20th century.

The unpublished history consists of 33 typewritten foolscap pages. It describes the establishment of the company, its Circular Saw Shipping Line and Pacific Island trade interests and mentions some well-known Pacific personalities such as Handley Bathurst Sterndale and 'Bully' Hayes; the 'siege' of the Suwarrow fort built by Sterndale and which he refused to leave after a difference of opinion with the company; Henry Mair's attempts to persuade Sterndale to leave and their subsequent 'smoking out' by Captain Fernandez of the schooner Kreimhilda who was sent to bring Sterndale back. Also mentioned is the 1890 Pacific cruise of Robert Louis Stevenson and his wife on the company iron-screw cargo boat Janet Nichol described in Mrs Stevenson's book published in 1915. The history takes the story of Henderson and Macfarlane down to the year 1902, by which time J.L. Young had entered the firm as a partner and the day of free and unrestricted trading in the Islands was ending.<BR>See also the Bureau's newsletter Pambu Oct. 1969:15 pp. 6-10.<BR>

Hallett L.

A History of Samoa

  • AU PMB MS 120
  • Collection
  • Completed in c.1935 - 1937

Brother Henry, a teacher at Leone Boys School, Tutuila, American Samoa, spent 25 years in Samoa.

This history, a typescript of 127 pages, was apparently intended for the use of schools in Samoa. A statement on page 127 reads: '... as this outline presents the first trial ever made to collect the known historical events and to put them together in a chronological order, I am well aware that it contains errors and perhaps many of them. But if so, such misstatements are the consequence of erroneous information I received. No misstatement has been made wilfully ...'.

Henry Bro. Fred

A History of the Church in its Rotuman setting - an introductory outline

  • AU PMB MS 157
  • Collection
  • 1971

This document was a thesis submitted to the Faculty of the Pacific Theological College, Suva, in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Divinity, October 1971.

<I>A History of the Church in its Rotuman Setting - An Introductory Outline</I><BR>Chapter 1: Rotuma Before European Contact<BR>Chapter 2: European Contacts<BR>Chapter 3: Conversion of Rotuma<BR>Chapter 4: The Wars of Religion<BR>Chapter 5: The Peace<BR>Chapter 6: The Present Day Situation

Langi Jioni

A Rarotongan-English dictionary

  • AU PMB MS 478
  • Collection
  • Compiled 1918

Eastman (1881-1974) left England to go to Rarotonga as a missionary of the London Missionary Society in 1913. In 1918 he was transferred to the Gilbert Islands and was stationed at Beru. He was evacuated after the Japanese invasion in 1942 but returned to Beru in 1944.

Eastman says in an introduction to the dictionary that the words were collected 'partly as a means of obtaining a fluent use of the native language, and partly as a hobby'. On his transfer to the Gilbert Islands, he decided, at the request of European and Cook Islands friends, to publish his collection 'as far as completed'. The dictionary did not pretend to be a complete collection of all Cook Islands words, but most words of the Rarotongan language in ordinary use and many words of other Cook Islands dialects were included. It had been intended to publish the dictionary in New Zealand but because of a shortage of labour and material in 1918 this project was not carried out. Eastman said in a letter to the Pacific Manuscripts Bureau in 1973 that his work had formed the basis of Stephen Savage's A Dictionary of the Maori Language of Rarotonga, published by the Department of Island Territories, Wellington, in 1962.

Eastman Rev. George Herbert

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