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Letters and instructions for Church Officers

  • AU PMB MS 102
  • Colección
  • February 1905 - June 1908

Burton (1838-1909) and his wife Emma (1844-1927) were missionaries of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. They served in Tahiti and the surrounding islands in the 1890s and 1900s.

The letters were written from Tahiti. The Instructions concerning the Duties of Church Officers were published in 'Te Orometua', a Tahitian-language paper founded by Burton.

Burton, Joseph F.

Miscellaneous papers re Society Islands

  • AU PMB MS 1024
  • Colección
  • 1853 - 1888

Alfred Thomas Saville (1839-1915) was born at Birmingham. He studied at Airedale College and Highgate and was ordained on 7 Nov. 1865, at Carr's Lane Chapel. He and his wife Elizabeth (nee Marston) sailed for Huahine, Society Islands, on Jan. 29 1866 having married in Nov. 1865. Sailing via Sydney and Aneiteum their vessel, the John Williams was wrecked at Niue on Jan. 8 1867, but they arrived at Huahine, via Samoa, on April 16 1867, where they remained until 1874. They returned to England in August of that year.

The papers comprise:

  1. Instruction from LMS dated 1 Jan. 1866
  2. 2 'draft' letters to Dr Mullens at LMS HQ, Sept. 1868 and Oct. 1869 from Huahine
  3. ATS's Answers to Ordination Questions, Nov. 1865
  4. ATS's Diary - sundry dates in 1853 and 1854
  5. Diary - 27 July - 23 September, 1859
  6. Diary - 24 September 1859 - 17 June 1862
  7. Diary - 7 April 1871 - 31 July 1972
  8. 1 August 1872 - 4 April 1874<BR>9. Diary - sundry dates 14 June 1874-29 Feb. 1888

Also in SOAS but not microfilmed by PMB are: Diary 19/8/1862-25/6/1865, 7/6/1867-6/4/1871; Journal 9/2/1866-25/4/1867; Letters home 22/1/1867 and 12/4/1867; Note on 'Bully' Hayes, Master of the brig Rona, author unknown.

Saville, Alfred Thomas


  • AU PMB MS 1073
  • Colección
  • 1913-69 (excluding publications)

Eastman and his wife Winifred (nee Grimwade, married 1914) ran the London Missionary Society Mission in Rarotonga from 1913 to 1918 and the LMS Gilbert Islands Mission from 1918 to 1947. The Gilbert Islands Mission, which was based at Rongorongo on the island of Beru included the Ellice Islands, Nauru, Ocean Island and the Phoenix Islands. Eastman, who was awarded an OBE in 1946, retired to Swanage, Dorset in 1949. For further information see Norman Goodall, A History of the London Missionary Society, 1895-1945 (OUP, 1954) <BR>and John Garrett, Ways across the ocean in Bernard Thorogood (ed.), Gales of Change: responding to a shifting missionary context: the story of the London Missionary Society, 1945-77 (Geneva, 1994) pp.188-190. See also PMB 478 for Eastman's Rarotongan-English Dictionary, 1918.

Reel 1: Personal correspondence, 1914-69.
Reel 2: Cook Islands - newsclippings, typescripts and pamphlets, 1914-18.
Mss of Notes on Rarotongan Grammar, 1913.
Personal notebook, 1918-46.
Gilbert Islands Mission reports and newsletters, 1918-47.
Reel 3: Gilbert Islands Mission financial and administrative papers, 1918-50 and papers on education, 1922-48.
Reel 4: Sermons in English and Gilbertese: Old Testament, 1917-47, New Testament, 1918-22.
Reel 5: Sermons - New Testament, 1923-44.
Reel 6: Sermons - New Testament, 1945-47 (undated sermons at end of sequence)
Reels 6-7: Research material on the history, culture and flora of the Gilbert Islands, including mss and typescript extracts and transcripts from other sources, printed and roneoed documents, notes, drafts and maps.
Reel 7: 1922 mss transcript/revision of an English/Gilbertese vocubulary originally compiled by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions.
Reels 7-8: Mss working draft of an English Gilbertese vocabulary assembled by Eastman.
Reel 8: 1948 typescript draft of Eastman's published English/Gilbertese vocabulary. 170 photographs taken in the Cook Islands and the Gilbert Islands.
Reels 8-11: 48 books and pamphlets printed in Samoa and the Gilbert Islands, 1892-1978. 38 of these publications are in Gilbertese, three are in Rarotongan and the remainder are in English. A complete inventory of publications filmed is available.

See Finding aids for details.

Eastman, George Herbert

Personal papers, speeches, writings and records of Fiji sugar

  • AU PMB MS 1152
  • Colección
  • 1936-1970

A prominent Indo-Fijian lawyer and politician, A. D. Patel was born in Gujarat and educated at the Gujarat College in Ahemdabad. After a period at the London School of Economics, Patel graduated as a barrister in London and proceeded to Fiji in 1928 where he set up a legal practice in Suva. In the 1930s he moved to Ba and then Nadi, where he remained for the rest of his life. Patel was elected President of the Fiji Indian Congress and the Indian Association in 1930. He and his friend Swami Rudranandra were principal leaders of the growers in the 1943 sugar strike in Fiji. Patel was a member of the Fiji Legislative Council 1944-1950 and 1963-1969. He married Patricia Seymour in 1934 but the couple separated in 1934 and were divorced in 1943. In 1943 Patel married Leela Ben, the daughter of Professor B. N. Patel. (Reference: Brij V. Lal, A Vision for Change: A D Patel and the Politics of Fiji, 1997.)

Papers held by Mrs Patel: general documents, mainly letters, some speeches and leaflets, 1936-1970; personal files as a member of Parliament; letters of condolence to his family on his death; two of his early notebooks; an album of photographs and letters compiled by his first wife, Patricia; case files compiled for his representation of Banabans at the United Nations, 1968-69; and working papers for the Fiji Parliamentary Committee on the Agricultural Landlord and Tenant Act, 1969.

Papers held by Professor Lal: a complete set of A. D. Patel’s speeches and writings, a file on the 1943 sugar strike in Fiji, compiled by Swami Rudrananda, and a set of the key Fiji sugar industry inquiry reports and awards, 1945-1970.

See reel list for further details.

Patel, Ambalal Dahyabhai

Papers on the South Sea Evangelical Mission in the Solomon Islands

  • AU PMB MS 1253
  • Colección
  • 1907-1957

(JOHN) NORTHCOTE DECK. Born Norwood, London, 12 March 1875. Died 10 May 1957, Toronto, Canada.

[Article by Stuart Braga in Australian Dictionary of Evangelical Biography, 1993.]

Northcote Deck was the second son of Dr John Feild Deck and his wife Emily (née Baring Young). He came to Sydney from New Zealand with his parents in 1877 when J.F. Deck established the Sydney Homeopathic Hospital at Ashfield, then a wealthy suburb, and studied Medicine at Sydney University. In 1908, he visited the work in the Solomon Islands of the South Sea Evangelical Mission conducted under the aegis of his aunt, Florence Young, and felt called to join the Mission. For the next nineteen years, he served as the SSEM's first medical missionary, travelling among the islands of the Solomon group in the mission’s vessel Evangel. Florence Young wrote that Northcote ‘threw himself heart and soul into the work. He took full charge of the vessel, and as Captain, engineer, photographer, explorer, doctor and visiting missionary and teacher has done work of untold value... The moment the anchor is dropped there follows the important and strenuous work of visiting the out-station schools to instruct, encourage and guide the native teachers.’ To the islanders, he was ‘Liutasi’, the man who goes everywhere. In 1910, he became the first white man to cross Guadalcanal, notoriously hazardous for whites since the depredations of the blackbirders. The next year he recovered the skulls of an Austrian party which had been wiped out in Guadalcanal some years before. These exploits, performed at such obvious peril, earned Deck the Fellowship of the Royal Geographical Society.

He assisted in the establishment of an outpost at the more remote Rennell Island in 1910, and on returning a little later, was horrified to find the bones of the three native teachers. They had been killed, it appeared, to obtain the nails with which the mission house had been constructed, to use as fish hooks. Writing in 1945, Northcote commented of this setback, ‘at the time the whole tragedy seemed like defeat. In the light of subsequent events it was only victory deferred.’ However, Rennell Island remained closed for many years thereafter; the government forbade the establishment of a mission station until 1934, a policy with which Deck reluctantly concurred.

He married Jessie Gibson, on 19 April 1911 while on deputation work in Dunedin, New Zealand, his parents’ home town, where the mission had a Council of Advice; there were no children. After Jessie died of Blackwater fever in 26 March 1921, Deck married in October 1923 his step-cousin Gladys Deck, from Motueka, New Zealand, who had arrived in the Islands earlier in the year; a daughter and a son were born to them. The losses of his first wife and cousin, Constance Young, strengthened Northcote’s utter commitment to the Lord’s work. Following Constance’s death in 1924, he wrote, ‘we are here to glorify God every day and night, and anything which does not do that must go’. Though Florence Young was the founder and undoubted leader of the SSEM, her nieces and nephews, members of the Deck family, were among its key members in the field for most of the first half of the 20th century. Seven of the eleven children of John and Emily Deck became missionaries: five with the SSEM and two with other missions, most of them for long periods. All had drunk deeply at the fountain of their parents’ faith and piety, solidly based upon Bible study, so characteristic of the Brethren of that period. The seed thus sown bore fruit as the years went by, with the establishment of a strong indigenous church in the Solomons.

Deck’s monthly letters describing his missionary journeyings had an apostolic quality, and gained a wide circulation, 2,000 copies being printed in the 1920s. Like St Paul, he was in danger often, and was no stranger to suffering. He also produced a number of devotional works and accounts of the work of the SSEM, and lived to see the fruit of his labours and those of his fellow workers. Despite the desperate battle for Guadalcanal in 1942, one of the fiercest conflicts of the Pacific theatre of World War II, the work of the mission was unharmed, and continued to grow in subsequent years.

He left the Islands in 1927, and lived until 1935 in England, then in Australia for four years before settling in Canada in 1939. He had a warm and generous personality, and an uncommon gift of combining gentleness and authority as a public speaker: his words were with power. He was a sought-after speaker at conventions, and was an active board member of Christian organisations. Naturally, he maintained a keen and prayerful interest in the work which he had done so much to establish.

J.N. Deck, South from Guadalcanal: the romance of Rennell Island (Toronto, 1945)

H.J. Gibbney & A.G. Smith, "Deck, John Field" [sic] in A Biographical Register, 1788-1939 (Canberra, 1987)
A. Griffiths, Fire in the Islands! (Wheaton, Illinois, 1977)
F.S.H. Young, Pearls From the Pacific (London, n.d. [1925])

• Pamphlets by J. Northcote Deck;
• Articles by JND published in the evangelist press, 1951-1957;
• Island Letters (SSEM circular letters) by JND, 1909-1928;
• J. Northcote Deck, Circular Letters, 1909-1928;
• Manuscripts by JND, folders 1-36;
• Typescripts of articles by JND mainly published in Not in Vain and the SSEM circular Island Letters, 1915-1956;
• Manuscripts on the Solomons by JND; Draft book on the Solomons by JND;
• Jessie Deck (wife of Northcote Deck), letters to her parents, Mr and Mrs Gibson, 1911-1918;
• General letters and prayer circulars received by JND, 1918-1946, including letters of Margaret Grant, Norman C. Deck, Joan B. Deck, Kathleen M.A. Deck, V.M. Sullivan, and others;
• JND, Letters-out, 1908-1934;
• JND, Letters to Florence Young, 1908-1924;
• Letters received before and after the death of JND, Jan-Oct 1957;
• Last articles by and obituaries of JND, Jun-Nov 1957;
• SSEM materials amongst the JND’s papers; and sundry papers.

See Finding aids for details.

Deck, J. Northcote (1875-1957)

Papers relating to Nauru

  • AU PMB MS 5
  • Colección
  • 1920 - 1938

Commander Rupert C. Garsia was Administrator of Nauru from 1933 to 1938. He died c.1954. His wife Mrs Dorothea Garsia, died in Canberra on May 16, 1968.

The papers consist of three documents relating mainly to Commander Garsia's period of administration of Nauru. They are:

  1. A diary of Mrs Dorothea Garsia for the period May 22, 1934 to November 16, 1938.
  2. Notes by Commander Garsia on the history of Nauru from 1788 to 1933 and an account of the Nauru Administration and community health and health facilities around the time of Garsia's arrival in 1933.
  3. A brief outline of medical work at Nauru from 1933 to 1938 (with an introduction covering 1920-1932) by Dr T.M. Clouston, Government Medical Officer, Nauru.

Garsia, Rupert Clare

Letters, diaries, newspaper clippings, articles

  • AU PMB MS 601
  • Colección
  • 1883 - 1941

Samuel Benjamin Fellows (1858-1932) was born in Derbyshire, England, and migrated to New Zealand in 1883. He trained for the ministry in Auckland 1885-1888. In 1890, he joined the Rev. Dr W.E. Bromilow in the establishment of the first Methodist mission at Dobu, British New Guinea, but soon moved to Panaeti where he remained until 1893. He was stationed at Kiriwina in the Trobriands from 1894 until he left the mission in 1901.

The papers comprise:

  1. Biographical information on the Fellows family, 1820-1933
  2. Letters to Fellows' wife, 3 Oct. 1899-7 Oct. 1900
  3. Three letters to Fellows, 1900, 1903, 1913
  4. Newspaper clippings, 1891-1901
  5. Diaries, Nov. - Dec. 1883, Feb. 1885 - Feb. 1888, July 1891 - Oct. 1900
  6. Hymns and prayers in vernacular, c.1895-1900
  7. Manuscript and published articles by Fellows, 1891-1901

Fellows, Samuel Benjamin

Correspondence and other papers

  • AU PMB MS 913
  • Colección
  • 1899 - 1925

Pryke was one of three brothers - the others being Frank and James - who pioneered the search for gold in Papua New Guinea, beginning in 1896. (See Pacific Islands Monthly, August 1937, p.7, and Hank Nelson, Black, White and Gold: Goldmining in Papua New Guinea, 1878-1930, Canberra, 1976).

Papers relating to the search for and mining of gold in Papua New Guinea, some written from the field. They are part of the Pryke collection - MS 1826 - in the National Library. Of the six boxes in the collection, the following material appears on the microfilm:
Box 1: Folder 1; Business and personal correspondence, 1909-1917 Folder 2; Letters from Pryke to his wife, 1899-1920 Folder 3; Correspondence, 1903-1920 Folder 4; Correspondence, 1905-1920 Folder 5; Correspondence, 1901-1920 Folder 6; Correspondence, 1901-1925 Folder 7; Correspondence, 1907-1915 Folder 8; Correspondence, 1903-1920
Box 2: Folder 15; 'Contracts for Native Labour' 1900-1914
Box 5: Folder 40 - 'Letters, miner's right, receipts, wage lists 1911, 1908-1911'.

Pryke, Daniel


  • AU PMB MS 935
  • Colección
  • 1921 - 1959

Rev A. Harry Voyce, and his wife Beryl, arrived in the Solomon Islands from New Zealand in 1926 to work as Methodist missionaries at Siwai, an inland area in the south of Bougainville Island. They left the Solomons in 1958.

Correspondence between Voyce and the general secretary for foreign missions of the New Zealand Methodist Church.
Correspondence - outwards (from Voyce), 1921-59
Correspondence - inwards, 1921-40 and 1952-59

Voyce, A. Harry

Tongan field journal

  • AU PMB MS 994
  • Colección

Ernest Beaglehole (1906-1965) was a noted New Zealand ethnopsychologist - see the 'Journal of the Polynesian Society', vol. 75 (1966): 109-119. See also Ernest and Pearl Beaglehole, 'Pangai: Village in Tonga, Polynesian Society Memoir No. 18' (1941), Wellington.

The journal begins when Beaglehole and his wife Pearl were northbound to Tonga from Auckland in MV Matua. Most of the time in Tonga was spent at Pangai, Ha'apai Group. The journal consists of 156 foolscap pages, partly typed and partly handwritten. Four additional pages contain a short synopsis of daily events. There are also notes inquiring about transport in the Matua, a brief critique of Henry James' 'bitch goddess', a rough draft of a critique of Mariner's Tonga, and a 12 pp. typescript entitled 'Tonga, the world's smallest kingdom' which was evidently written in the late 1950s. NOTE: The microfilm of the Tongan journal was made from a photocopy of the original. The last few lines on some pages are very faint and one or two have been cut. The second paragraph of the first page has been obscured on the microfilm to avoid problems of access.

Beaglehole, Ernest

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