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Correspondence with missionaries at Rotuma

  • AU PMB MS 160
  • Collection
  • 1868 - 1888

Letters to Catholic missionaries at Rotuma from Bishops Bataillon, Elloy and Lamaze and Father V-F. Poupinel, written from Apia, Tonga, Wallis, Futuna, Sydney and France. A typed summary in English of the contents of each letter is given at the beginning of the film.

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Extracts from correspondence with mission stations at Rotuma

  • AU PMB MS 429
  • Collection
  • 1846 - 1889

Typed extracts from correspondence and documents, principally:<BR>Letter from Fr Verne, first Catholic missionary to Rotuma, 1846 (from Bulletin de la Societe d'Oceanie 12)<BR>Early History of the Catholic Church in Oceania by Jean Baptiste Pompallier, Vicar Apostolic of Western Oceania<BR>Circular from Mgr Lamaze to all missionaries of Central and Western Oceania, 1879<BR>L'Histoire de l'Oceanie Centrale by priests of the Vicariat under Mgr Bataillon<BR>Correspondence dated 1872-1874, 1876-1879, 1882, 1889 regarding Catholic-Wesleyan conflict in Rotuma<BR>Full text of letter from Fr Verne describing his visit to Rotuma in 1847 and the establishment of a Catholic mission there<BR>Correspondence regarding the early Catholic mission in Rotuma and the progress of Catholicism there. NOTE: see PMB 428 for information on an index to this material.

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Correspondence with government

  • AU PMB MS 434
  • Collection
  • 1856 - 1890 1999 - 1900

See PMB 432

Correspondence (1856-90) includes conference and ratification of peace between Solevu and Nadi - 1856; religious freedom for Catholics - 1858; enquiry into complaints re Catholic Chief's resistance to Catholicism; extract from minutes of Chiefs at Bau re Catholic resistance to Wesleyan churches; letters from the Colonial Secretary re various land applications and the Teachers' Training School; various letters from Bishop Vidal.<BR>Correspondence (1899-1900) includes letters re Catholics being required to work on Wesleyan building projects and Chiefs' complaints re the use of indigenous labour on Catholic mission stations.<BR>See also PMB 436 for correspondence with Government for the years 1891-98; and PMB 435 for the years 1901-13 and 1916-30.

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Correspondence with government

  • AU PMB MS 436
  • Collection
  • 1891 - 1898

See PMB 432

Correspondence with government. Includes letters regarding the depopulation of Pacific islands following European colonisation, with particular reference to Fiji (1891-92). Please see also PMB 434/435

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Correspondence relating to Father Emmanual Rougier, SM

  • AU PMB MS 441
  • Collection
  • 1906 - 1907

Father Rougier (1864-1932) was born in France; he was ordained in the Society of Mary in 1888, and he went to Fiji soon afterwards as a Roman Catholic missionary. He acquired a large sum of money in what was known as the Cecile Affair (1906-7), and soon afterwards left Fiji and acquired plantation interests at Fanning, Washington and Christmas Islands. He resided in Tahiti and became a prominent figure there in the business and cultural worlds, being known as Abbe Rougier. (For a brief biography, see Patrick O'Reilly and Raoul Tessier, Tahitiens, Paris, 1962, pp.410-11). See also PMB 432

Correspondence relating to Father Rougier's involvement in the Cecile Affair and the disciplinary action taken against him.

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Correspondence with government re education

  • AU PMB MS 432
  • Collection
  • 1899 - 1912; 1920 - 1936

An index to material copied in the Roman Catholic Archdiocesan Office, Suva, was published in the Bureau's newsletter <I>Pambu</I>, April-June 1972:27, pp.17-20 and is available on request from the Bureau.

Correspondence with government re education. See also PMB 159/160 and 428/429

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Correspondence with government

  • AU PMB MS 435
  • Collection
  • 1901 - 13 1916 - 1930

See PMB 432

Correspondence with government. Please see also PMB 434 and 436

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General letters to Bishop Julian Vidal, SM

  • AU PMB MS 444
  • Collection
  • 1887 - 1917

See PMB 432

General letters to Biship J. Vidal, SM. At the end of the reel are private letters from Government House, 1897-1907.

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