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A Paradise of the Gods. Writings and Drawings of Handley Bathurst Sterndale.

  • AU PMB MS 1442
  • Collection
  • 1870-1871

‘A Paradise of the Gods. Writings and Drawings of Handley Bathurst Sterndale.’ is an unpublished digital edition edited by J.J. Overell. In 1870, Handley Bathurst Sterndale worked as a surveyor on the island of Upolu, Samoa, for the German trading company Goddefroy & Sohn. In this capacity, he made an expedition across Upolu, making notes and sketches about the journey as he went. In 1871, on Motu Kotawa on the islet of Pukapuka atoll in the Cook Islands, he worked these notes into the manuscript ‘Upolu; or, A Paradise of the Gods’, and worked his sketches into finished drawings. Some accounts are not his first hand observations and others are demonstrably wrong. Sterndale sought to have the manuscript published, but was unsuccessful in finding a publisher before his death in 1878. After his death, it was listed in a catalogue among the publications of Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington of London, but the manuscript never made it to print.

The original notebooks have since been lost, but the surviving manuscript and drawings have been passed down to Sterndale’s descendants. This edition brings together edited excerpts from Sterndale’s original manuscript and is illustrated with his original drawings, which were digitised by photographer Rod Howe. It also includes a detailed introduction by editor J.J. Overell, and contextual chapters on the geology of Upolu, a chronology of Sterndale’s life and detailed appendices, including a complete transcript of the original manuscript.

Subjects covered by Sterndale include beachcombers, Samoan cultural beliefs and practices, civil conflict, diet, agriculture, wildlife, disease - amongst others. In addition to Upolu, Sterndale writes about Levuka in Fiji and Easter Island or Rapa Nui.

Sterndale, Handley Bathurst

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

A Rarotongan—English dictionary

  • AU PMB MS 1338
  • Collection
  • Compiled 1918

A note in the D.S. Marshall’s, Polynesian Journal 1951-1953, (p.183) states that Marshall borrowed the Dictionary from Rev. Murphy in May 1952. (PMB 1335)
There is a Ms. note on the title page of the Dictionary as follows:
“Note:– This MSS. is the property of the Compiler. (Rev G.H. Eastman, London Mission, Beru, Gilbert Islands.)
“It is placed on loan in the Library of the London Missionary Society, Rarotonga, for the use of members of the Mission pending completion of the printing of the book.
“It is requested that the MSS. Should not be removed from the Library of the London Missionary Society, Rarotonga, without the author having first been consulted.
G.H. Eastman, July 1918
”Hurstmere”
Takapuna
Auckland, N.Z.

A Rarotongan—English Dictionary, with which are included numerous words of the dialects in use in other parts of the Cook Islands, South Pacific, with introductory notes and appendices. Compiled by Rev. G.H. Eastman of the London Missionary Society. (To be) Published by The Cook islands Administration, Rarotonga, Cook Islands, 1918, Ts., annotated, 323pp.
See also PMB 478 for another copy of the Dictionary microfilmed by the Bureau in Dorset in 1974. It is considered that the annotations make it worth while microfilming this second copy of the Dictionary.

Eastman Rev. George Herbert

A Study of the emic Christian theologising taking place among the Samban People of Papua New Guinea

  • AU PMB MS 1350
  • Collection
  • 1998

Dr Batley is Dean of Studies at the Christain Leaders’ Training College of PNG, Banz (2010).

G.R. Batley, A Study of the Emic Christian Theologising taking place among the Samban People of Papua New Guinea, a dissertation submitted for the Board of Postgraduate Studies in candidacy for the Degree of Doctor of Theology, Melbourne, Victoria, September 1998; Ts., 382pp.

Batley, Graeme Robert

A Warwai Ure Iesu Karisito, translation of Gospel stories into the Blanche Bay dialect, and Rev. Walker’s, Reflections on the Work of the Missionary, written on his return from New Britain, PNG.

  • AU PMB MS 1264
  • Collection
  • 1927-1930.

Rev. Francis Trafford Walker and Mrs Emma M. Walker, his wife, travelled from Sydney to Rabaul on the SS Mataro in June 1925 to take up posts in New Britain with the Overseas Mission of the Methodist Church of Australasia. They were stationed at Kabakada from July 1925, and then at Watnabara, where their son Gordon born on 7 Mar 1927. Having taken furlough in Sydney from March until June 1928, they returned to Kabakada. In April 1929 they shifted Vunairima, where their daughter, Enid, was born on 12 May 1929.
In January 1930, when Gordon contracted a severe form of malaria, they returned to Australia.
Chronology supplied by Gordon Walker, Feb 2006:

Methodist Missionary Society of Australasia, New Brirain District, George Brown College, 1927, A Warwai Ure Iesu Karisito, written by F. Trafford Walker (Principal), language revised by Apelis To Maniot (Head Tutor), Ts., 159pp. This is a series of lectures in the Blanche Bay dialect setiing out a complete narrative of the life of Jesus Christ. Rev Walker writes in the Preface that the “language employed in this work is the pure Blanche Bay dialect, and every effort has been made to eliminate all foreign influence in order that the true native tongue might be preserved…. Apelis To Maniot … has thrown himself into the task of preserving for his fellows the language of his ancestors. ”

Rev. F. Trafford Walker, Reflections on the Work of the Missionary, Ts., 34pp., incomplete, plus notes. Includes the following chapters: ‘Rev. W.H. Cox’, ‘A Superintendent of a Circuit’, ‘Running a Circuit’, “Working Under a Chairman’, ‘Quarterly Meetings’, ‘Medical Work’, ‘Handling Disputes’, ‘Religious Teaching’, and ‘Other Missions’. Together with lecture notes, Ts., 1 leaf, Ms., 2pp.

See also: PMB Photo 7, Rev. Francis Trafford Walker and Mrs Emma M. Walker: Photographs documenting the Methodist Missions at Kabakada, Watnabara and Vunairima, via Rabaul, New Britain, 1925-1930.

Walker, Rev. Francis Trafford

A brief sketch of the fate of 3000 Indian pows in New Guinea

  • AU PMB MS 1249
  • Collection
  • 1943-1945

Captain Singh, of the Dogra regiment, relates that the Indians "left Singapore on 5 May 1943 in seven parties each consisting of about 600 - three of the parties went to New Britain and the other four came to New Guinea", ie. Wewak.

Professor Hank Nelson gave the PMB a cover note on Singh's 'Brief Sketch', as follows: "Singh wrote another brief account of his time in New Guinea as a prisoner of war of the Japanese, 'The Experiences of an Indian Prisoner of War in New Guinea", The Infantry Journal, Vol.1, No.1, July 1949, pp.56-62. In the journal article he notes that the 'irony of fate reached its climax' when of the eleven Indians who survived with the Japanese until the end of the War, nine were put on an aircraft to fly them out of New Guinea and it crashed, killing all nine. Singh, who was not on the flight, was then the only survivor. From the 3,000 Indians originally landed in the Sepik in May 1943 another 191 had survived, liberated by advancing Australians before the end of the War. One of these men, Sepoy Bachan Singh, provided evidence for the Tokyo War Crimes Trials."

Professor Nelson adds that “a copy of Chint Singh’s reminiscences written in Wewak is in the UPNG Library and (I think) the Australian War Memorial.”

The document is a roneoed typescript, 61ppp., dated 4 Nov 1945. It was passed to the PMB by Professor Donald Denoon, who worked at the University of Papua New Guinea. At the time, the author was unable to be contacted. The author's son, Narinder Parmar, has since been identified.

Singh, Captain Chint

A prospector's diary, New Guinea 1931-1937

  • AU PMB MS 625
  • Collection
  • 1931 - 1937

O'Neill arrived in New Guinea in 1931 and was engaged in prospecting mainly on the Morobe goldfield.

A typescript in diary form based on an original diary and letters concerning his period as a gold prospector.<BR><BR>Ch. 1: To Edie Creek, and After<BR>Ch. 2: The Black Cat, and the Bittoi River<BR>Ch. 3: The Paradise Strip and a Touch of Slavery<BR>Ch. 4: The Ramu and the Purari Amongst the Warriors of the Long Bow<BR>Ch. 5: The Upper Watut - Kuka Kuka Country, Who Hunts What, with a club<BR>Ch. 6: The Lower Watut. River of Mustard Gold.

O'neill John Davies

A research tribute by the Retired Officers Association of Papua New Guinea

  • AU PMB MS 1180
  • Collection
  • 1957-2000

Captain Brett Hilder was born in Epping, Sydney in 1911, son of watercolourist
J J Hilder. In 1928 he joined Burns Philp Ltd as a deck cadet, which took him to the Pacific Islands and Indonesia, then the Dutch East Indies. Ten years later he had become a ship's master. Captain Hilder was called up by the Navy in World War II, but quickly transferred to the RAAF where he flew Catalina flyingboats. After the war he returned to his former profession and captained passenger and cargo liners that traded between Sydney and the Solomon Islands, including the <I>MV Malaita</I>. During this period, Hilder started painting and drawing, producing many watercolour landscapes and portraits of the people and places he visited in both the Pacific and South East Asia. These were exhibited in Sydney, Melbourne, Port Moresby, Honiara and New York. He also wrote extensively on navigation, ports, islands and other topics, such as forestry and architecture, publishing in magazines such as <I>Walkabout</I>. Hilder wrote the book <I>Navigator in the South Seas</I>, published in 1961. In 1964 he became Senior Captain of Company with Burns Philp. Captain Hilder founded the Australian Institute of Navigation. Captain Hilder died in 1981, leaving a unique artistic legacy which is closely associated with the heyday of the Burns Philp era in the South Pacific.

This research tribute was collated to accompany an exhibition of Captain Hilder's paintings at the Annual Dinner of the Retired Officer's Assocaition of PNG in Sydney on 3 December 2000. The documents include lists of paintings and drawings, lists of profiles published in <I>Pacific Islands Monthly</I>, Hilder geneaological details, maps, magazines, invitations and catalogues to exhibitions, correspondence, charts, navigation charts, descriptions of islands, indexes, passengner lists, photographs and cards, and manuscripts of Brett Hilder, including a substantial work on marine phosphorescence.

Hilder, Captain Brett (1911-1981)

A selection of Masters and PhD theses by ex-Malua Theological College students

  • AU PMB MS 1397
  • Collection
  • 1990-2012

Malua Theological College is a training institute for the ministry of the Congregational Christian Church in Samoa (CCCS). It was established in 1844 in a district of Saleimoa west of Apia on the Island of Upolu.
The aim of the College is to provide quality theological education, and to equip student with knowledge and skills necessary for an effective ministry in the Church. In 1997 Malua Theological College introduced a four year course leading to a Bachelor of Theology or Bachelor of Divinity degree. Students are encouraged to appreciate and write about their beliefs as well as Samoan culture and values in relation to the CCCS Theology and faith.

Some students undertake further study, either Masters or PhDs, at universities overseas. The theses are designed as independent research work where students show their originality, creativity and contribution to theological learning. Many of the students use original source materials for their theses, including interviews and unpublished papers.
The Masters theses and Doctor of Philosophy theses have been microfilmed in separate series in date order.

A selection of Masters and PhD theses, held in the Malua Theological College, by ex-Malua Theological College students, undertaken in various universities throughout the world. Many of the student theses cover both Christian and Samoan values and traditions.

See Finding aids for details.

Various Universities

A study of Chimbu conjugal relationships, 1972, together with research papers on nutrition and marriage in Papua New Guinea.

  • AU PMB MS 1251
  • Collection
  • 1965-1972

In the 1960s Joan Dirkone Johnstone (as Josephine Whiteman) worked as a nutritionist with Susan Holmes and Susan Parkinson in the South Pacific Health Service in PNG in the 1960s and did significant work in this field (working with Dr K. Vern Bailey) in both Simbu and Wosera/Maprik. From the start she was interested in matters social/cultural and in 1970 changed over from nutrition to anthroplogy, after studying at Sydney and Cambridge, completing her MA thesis, A study of Chimbu conjugal relationships, at the University of NSW in 1972, a version of which was published in the New Guinea Research Bulletin (No.52). Dr Johnstone continued working in the Health Service in PNG until the beginning of 1975. In the early 1970s she surveyed high school students in Port Moresby on their attitudes towards marriage and prostitution and later produced a thesis on Simbu/Gumine sex workers in Moresby (Johnstone, J.D. 1993. The Gumini Bisnis-Meri : a study of the development of an innovative indigenous entrepreneurial activity in Port Moresby in the early 1970s, PhD thesis, Brisbane, University of Queensland, 373pp.) which includes interesting work on the Five Mile and Six Mile squatter settlements in Port Moresby.

• Josephine, Whiteman, A Study of Chimbu Conjugal Relationships, MA thesis, University of NSW.
• Bibliography of works by Joan Johnstone (formerly Josephine Whiteman) compiled by Robin Hide, 2005. Ts., 1p.
• Whiteman, J. A comparative study of dietary change patterns in the Chimbu and Trobriand islands, n.d. Ts., p/c, 2pp.
• Whiteman, J. An investigation into the suggestion that people of the Eastern Highlands are beginning to give up growing sweet potatoes, and using rice and tinned fish in increasing amounts as a means of sustenance, n.d. Ts., p/c, 7pp.
• Whiteman, J. A study of the dietary habits of a north Wosera village in the Territory of Papua-New Guinea. Food and Nutrition Notes and Reviews, 1965, 22(7,8), 68-75.
• Whiteman, J. A study of beliefs and attitudes towards food in a New Guinea low-cost housing settlement. Tropical and Geographical Medicine, 1966, 18(2), 157-166.

Johnstone, Joan (formerly Josephine Whiteman)

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