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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, Ernest Edgar Vyvyan

'Das Paradies der Sudsee'

  • AU PMB MS 613
  • Collection
  • c.1922

Bogershausen (1870-1941) joined the Sacred Heart Order, (MSC), in 1892. He arrived in New Britain in 1900.

An article on the Marquis de Rays' expedition (1880-81) to New Ireland. It was amongst the papers of W.C. Groves and was probably used in the writing of 'Peter the Island King' (See PMB 612).<BR>Biographical details and publications by Bogershausen are listed in Streit & Dindinger Bibliotheca Missionum, vol.21.

Bogershausen, Georg

'Elizabeth Colenso: Her work for the Melanesian Mission'

  • AU PMB MS 560
  • Collection
  • 1956 - 1959

Frances Swabey (1870-1958) was a granddaughter of Elizabeth Colenso

Typescript by F.S. Simcox, dated 24 February 1959, of an edited manuscript by his sister Frances Swabey, comprising the following sections:

A brief biography of Elizabeth Fairburn - Elizabeth Colenso - before she joined the Melanesian Mission in 1876.

  1. The invitation and getting to Norfolk Island
  2. Some particulars of the Mission
  3. Mission routine
  4. Some tragedies
  5. (does not exist)
  6. Happenings at Otaki
  7. Life again at Norfolk Island, 1880
  8. Consecration Day
  9. The year 1893 at the Mission and to Easter, 1895
  10. The last year at Norfolk Island, 1898
  11. Index for the years 1876-1904.

Swabey, Frances Edith

'Fiji - 70 years and one month': the memoirs of William (Tui) Johnson

  • AU PMB MS 1017
  • Collection
  • 1900 - 1970

William Johnson (1900-1980) was born in Suva, Fiji, the son of Henry Johnson, a Canadian. He spent his early years on his parents' plantation at Tavua, Viti Levu. During WWI he attended Melbourne Grammar School and then returned to Fiji to work for Clive Joske's trading company, later W.R. Carpenter & Co. Ltd. Johnson eventually became manager for the South West Pacific.

The manuscript, of about 200 pp., is a photocopy of the original which no longer exists. The photographs referred to in the margins were not made available for microfilming. The writing is humerous and includes references to local characters, traditions, social events, commercial activities and daily life in general.<BR>Further references to Johnson will be found in Robert Langdon, ed., Cumulative Index to Pacific Islands Monthly, 1945-1955, (Canberra: Pacific Manuscripts Bureau, 1984).

Johnson, William Grainger

'I Didn't choose to run' (a novel)

  • AU PMB MS 909
  • Collection

Gold, a trader on Mangaia in the Cook Islands, was a frequent contributor to the <I>Pacific Islands Monthly</I> in the 1940s and 1950s. He also contributed several articles to the <I>Journal of the Polynesian Society</I>during this period.

The novel, in a barely disguised way, relates some of the author's experiences in the Cook Islands.

Gold Edwin

'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, 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

'Sundry data of my life'

  • AU PMB MS 494
  • Collection
  • 1865 - 1892

Please see PMB MS 493 for full entry.

A cash book containing a summary of John T. Arundel's activities from 17 December 1865 to 30 December 1892. During this period he was largely active in Kiribati. A notation on the first page reads: 'begun off Mornington Ids., Gulf of Carpentaria, 14/9/90' (For a fuller record of the period 1870-1892, see Arundel's diaries filmed on PMB MS 480-483). See also PMB MS 14, 498

Arundel, John T.

'White natives' (a novel)

  • AU PMB MS 519
  • Collection
  • c.1935

This book was written under the pseudonym, Julian Hillas, a name used by Dashwood over numerous articles and in two other books, a novel, <I>I Know An Island</I> (London, 1933) and an autobiography, <I>South Seas Paradise</I> (London, 1965). The author was born in England in 1899 and died at Mauke, Cook Islands, in 1970. He went to the Cook Islands in 1929 and became a trading store manager, having earlier been a schoolmaster in England, a farmer in South Africa, a rubber planter in Malaya, and a midshipman during World War I. He was prominent in Cook Islands politics, being renowned for shrewdness, incisive speeches and lively wit.

An unpublished typescript novel of 182 pp. of single-spaced foolscap set in the Cook Islands. The title page indicates that it was written after <I>I Know An Island</I>. There is also an author's note, written at Rakahanga, his home in the mid-1930s. The note reads in part as follows: 'To the atolls and islands of the Pacific the storm tides of Civilisation have brought many strange objects, and seeds of greed and disease, carried by the angry winds of Progress, have infected the peoples of Polynesia. The swan-song of a race is now being sung, and the tragedy lies, not so much in the singing, but that it is so often mistaken for a paean of praise of those responsible for the calamity. In <I>White Natives</I> I have held up a mirror to faces and places, which although fictitious in themselves, might easily find counterparts in almost any group of South Sea islands.' It is understood from Pacific Publications that Mr Dashwood sold the typescript to Mr W.H. Watson of Rarotonga for a case of bully beef and that many years later Mr Watson unsuccessfully submitted it to Pacific Publications for publication.

Dashwood Robert Julian

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