Collection MS 197 - Letters

Letters, pp.1-130 Letters, pp.131-221 Letters, pp.222-314
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AU PMB MS 197

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Letters

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  • 1869 - 1893 (Creation)

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1 reel; 35mm microfilm.
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(1834-1924)

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Reverend Peter Milne was born at Stains, Aberdeen on the 17 May 1834. He trained and was ordained as a missionary to the New Hebrides (Vanuatu) with the Free Church of Scotland, under the Presbyterian Synod of Otago and Southland. He married Miss Mary Jane Veitch in December 1868 and they quickly departed for the New Hebrides via Dunedin, settling on Nguna Island in 1870. The Milnes faced a number of difficulties in the early years at Nguna, including the unscrupulous activities of European traders and planters. The first baptism took place in 1880, and after subsequent rapid evangelisation, the island was nominally Christian by 1896. Mary Milne left the island for Dunedin in 1906, to 'gather together her family', but died of a malarial illness in 1908. The Reverend Milne continued his missionary work on Nguna until dying at age 90, in 1924. Mary and Peter had at least three children, including the Reverend William Milne, also a missionary on Nguna.

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The Rev. Peter Milne (1834-1924) was born in Scotland and went to the New Hebrides as a Presbyterian Missionary in 1869. After a brief stay on Erromanga, he established himself at Nguna on Efate, where he remained, except for short breaks, for the rest of his life.

There are 33 letters. The first four were written in New Zealand, and all but one of the rest from the New Hebrides - mainly Nguna.

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(1970) Material owned by Rev. V.G.C. Jones, PO Box 3, Omakau, New Zealand but on loan to Overseas Missions Committee, Presbyterian Church of New Zealand, PO Box 8598, Auckland 3, New Zealand

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Digitised in October 2015

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This reel was split into 3 PDFs for the digital version.

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