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Articles on the Solomon Islands

  • AU PMB MS 67
  • Collection
  • 1350 - c.1961

The Rev. John R. Metcalfe (1889-1970) was born in Yorkshire and served as a Methodist missionary in the Solomon Islands for 37 years. He served as a home missionary in Great Britain before moving to Victoria in 1914. He became a candidate for the Methodist ministry in 1916, and after being ordained was appointed to the Solomon Islands in 1920. After a brief period at Roviana, he was appointed to Choiseul as assistant to the Rev. V. LeC. Binet. Apart from four years at Teop, he remained on Choiseul until 1951. During the war, he served as a Coastwatcher. He became chairman of the Methodist Mission in the Solomons in 1951, a post he held until he retired to Australia in 1957. He continued to take an active interest in the mission until his death.

A collection of 39 articles with the following titles: Lauru; The Three Brothers; Harry Raeno; Stephen Gandepeta; The Two Friends; Timothy Loe; Solomon Damusoe; Methodism in the Marovo; A Footnote to Rickenbacker; The Vurulata Senga Feud; Pioneering on Choiseul; The Gumi Family; Methodism on Guadalcanal; The Helena Goldie Hospital; The Melanesian Cargo Cult; Our Time at Teop; Osea Tambipunda; How the Lauruans met the Japanese; Thoughts on Etoism; Aola Methodism; San Marcos or Choiseul Island; The Fisherman who Got Lost; Sub-Hospital No.3; The Coming of the Uniform; The Coming of the Aeroplane; Christmas in the Battle Area; Broadcast at Honiara (8/4/51); How I Left Munda; The Methodist Church and the Development of North-East Bougainville; How the Japanese Descended on Lauru; The Beginning of the Kamanga Tribe; The Problem of the Tropical South Pacific; Co-operation in the Solomon Islands District; My Years as Chairman; Vangunu: The Tragedy at Egolo ... Rendova; and three braodcasts made in August and September, 1943, entitled Readings from a Missionary's Diary.

Metcalfe, Rev. John R.

Papers relating to his expedition to the Pacific and Moluccas

  • AU PMB MS 135
  • Collection
  • 1525 - 1536

The expedition of Garcia Jofre de Loaisa left Spain for the Moluccas on 24 July 1525, to open up the spice trade initiated by the Magellan expedition. Of the seven ships under Loaisa originally, only four entered the Pacific - via the Strait of Magellan, on 26 May 1526. A few days later, they were separated by a storm. One ship, the Santiago, made her way to Mexico; another, the San Lesmes, was not heard of again; and the remaining two, the Santa Maria del Parral and Santa Maria de la Victoria, crossed the Pacific independently.<BR>The documents on these microfilms concern the fitting out and dispatch of the expedition, accounts of the expedition's proceedings, and claims for salaries by dependents of expedition members who died in the Moluccas or on the voyage out.<BR>Details of contents are given for each reel, however, a more comprehensive listing, including names etc., is available from the Pacific Manuscripts Bureau on request.

The original documents are arranged in bundles or 'patronatos'. The information given is a translated and edited version made by the PMB from that contained on pp.78-91 of the Boletim da Filmoteca Ultramarina Portuguesa, No.32, Lisbon 1966.<BR>Patronato 37, Documents 11-33:<BR>Doc.11: Madrid, 3 April 1525 - remarks on Loaysa's men by Council of the Indies.<BR>Doc.12: Toledo, 13 May 1525 and Santo Domingo, 10 May 1538 - royal letters; orders and instructions.<BR>Doc.13: Instructions to royal officers (who were also members of royal treasury - factors, accountants etc.).<BR>Doc.14: Madrid, 5 April 1525; Instructions to Hernando de Bustamente.<BR>Doc.15: Madrid, 5 April 1525; Instructions to Diego Ortiz.<BR>Doc.16: Toledo, 13 May 1525; Instructions to Diego de Covarrubias.<BR>Doc.17: Contributions to expedition, names, amounts.<BR>Doc.18: Madrid, 5 April 1525 - Appointment of Alonso de Tejada.<BR>Doc.19: Undated account of voyage.<BR>Doc.20: 13 July 1526 and 31 July 1526; Will and inventory.<BR>Doc.21: 18 September 1526, 2 financial docs.<BR>Doc.22: 4 June 1527, Account of San Gabriel.<BR>Doc.23: 17 February 1528 petition for salaries.<BR>Doc.24: Tidore, 11 June 1528 - account of voyage by Hernando de la Torre.<BR>Doc.25: Madrid, 5 November 1529 - Royal decree re payment.<BR>Doc.26: Tidore, 28 October 1528 - Account of relations between fleet and Portuguese in Moluccas.<BR>Doc.27: Cadiz, 10 May 1529 - Account of expedition by Don Rodrigo de Acuna.<BR>Doc.28: Toledo, 29 January 1529 - Royal decree re Moluccas.<BR>Doc.29: n.d. - Law suit re salary.<BR>Doc.30: Palencia, 17 September 1534 - Declaration by sailor of the Santa Maria de la Victoria.<BR>Doc.31: n.d. - Account of voyage and events in Moluccas.<BR>Doc.32: 1535 - Account of several survivors of expedition describing how their diaries, books, maps etc. were confiscated on arrival in Lisbon.<BR>Doc.33: Valladolid, 25 October 1536 - Declaration by a Greek sailor, Francisco de Paris, on events of the voyage.<BR>

Loaisa Garcia Jofre de

Papers relating to his expedition to the Pacific and Moluccas

  • AU PMB MS 136
  • Collection
  • 1528 - 1538

Please see PMB 135.

Patronato 37, Documents 34-38:<BR>Doc.34: Valladolid, 4 September 1536 - Account of voyage.<BR>Doc.35: n.d. - Attacks by Portuguese at Ternate etc.<BR>Doc.36: Valladolid, 26 February 1537 - Account of voyage.<BR>Doc.37: Guetaria, 17 October 1538 - Papers re claim for wages of deceased sailors.<BR>Doc.38: Valladolid, 20 July 1538 - Final discharge of fleet's expenses plus list of all people in the fleet.<BR>Patronato 38, Documents 1-8:<BR>Doc.1: Legal documents.<BR>Doc.2: Burgos, 30 September 1534 - legal documents.<BR>Doc.3: Burgos, September 1534 - legal documents.<BR>Doc.4: 1535 - legal documents.<BR>Doc.5: n.d. - Recovery of wages by heirs of Martin de Urtiaga of the <I>San Gabriel</I>, only ship of expedition to return to Coruna.<BR>Doc.6: n.d. - 3 legal documents re monies owing.<BR>Doc.7: Pernambuco, 15 April 1528 - Account by deserter Don Rodrigo de Acuna, includes details of history and course of fleet.<BR>Doc.8: 29 May 1530 - Request for payment.

Loaisa Garcia Jofre de

Papers relating to his expedition to the Pacific and Moluccas

  • AU PMB MS 138
  • Collection
  • 1529 - 1548

Please see PMB 135.

Patronato 39, Documents 3(cont.) -13:<BR>Doc.3: (continued from PMB 137).<BR>Doc.4: n.d. - Law suit and legal documents.<BR>Doc.5: 1541 - Petition of merchant for monies due and slave trading.<BR>Doc.6: 1541 - Law suit re wages.<BR>Doc.7: 1541 - Law suit re wages.<BR>Doc.8: 1541 - Law suit re wages.<BR>Doc.9: Valladolid, 7 July 15?? - Certificate of delivery of 2,000 ducats for spice trade and a receipt dated 12 October 1524.<BR>Doc.10: 1541 - Law suit re recovery of property Toribio Alonso de Salazar, Commander of fleet after Elcano's death, and who died in the Marianas.<BR>Doc.11: 1544 - Law suit against King's prosecutor re money.<BR>Doc.12: 1546 - Law suit re recovery of monies for construction of ovens to make biscuit and other food for fleet.<BR>Doc.13: 1548 - Law suit re wages (continued on PMB 139).

Loaisa Garcia Jofre de

Papers relating to his expedition to the Pacific and Moluccas

  • AU PMB MS 137
  • Collection
  • 1530 - 1541

Please see PMB 135.

Patronato 38, Documents 9-18:<BR>Doc.9: 1538 - Petition for wages.<BR>Doc.10: 1538 - Recovery of monies due.<BR>Doc.11: 1538 - Petition for wages by negro slave Juan de Lasalde who served as a seaman.<BR>Doc.12: 1538 - Petition for wages.<BR>Doc.13: 1538 - Law suit re wages.<BR>Doc.14: 1538 - Law suit re wages.<BR>Doc.15: 1538 - Law suit re wages.<BR>Doc.16: n.d. - Law suit re wages.<BR>Doc.17: Toledo, 4 April 1539 - Law suit re wages of principal chaplain of expedition, Juan de Torres.<BR>Doc.18: 7 April 1537 - Law suit of an expedition pilot re wages.<BR>Patronato 39, Documents 1-3:<BR>Doc.1: Papers of Fernando de Loaysa, brother of Garcia including law suit for monies due; Garcia's appointment as Captain-General; Garcia's will; letters from Moluccas re fleet wages; declarations by witnesses and a logbook of Andres de Urdenata.<BR>Doc.2: Law suit re wages.<BR>Doc.3: 1541 - Law suit by heirs of fleet sailor (contd on PMB 138).<BR>

Loaisa Garcia Jofre de

Papers relating to his expedition to the Pacific and Moluccas

  • AU PMB MS 139
  • Collection
  • 1547 - 1548

Please see PMB 135.

Patronato 39, Documents 13(cont.) -14:<BR>Doc.13: (continued from PMB 138).<BR>Doc.14: 1548 - Documents of heirs of Inigo de Elorriaga, boatswain of the <I>Santa Maria de la Victoria</I> and captain of a galley captured by Portuguese.<BR>Patronato 40, Documents 1-6:<BR>Doc.1: 1551 - Law suit re wages.<BR>Doc.2: Aranda do Douro, 1 October 1547 - Petition and law suit re wages.<BR>Doc.3: Law suits and petitions of Francisco de Burgos re outstanding wages of a number of men who died during voyage and for whom Burgos held power of attorney because he had lent them money.<BR>Doc.4: Petitions from sons and heirs re wages.<BR>Doc.5: Law suits and petitions of the heirs of a number of officers of the Loaysa fleet all of whom were members of the family of Juan Sebastian Elcano.<BR>Doc.6: 1550 - Petition of Antonio Lucar and family concerning 10,000 gold ducats, which with the King's permission he had invested in a fleet bound for the Moluccas. One document indicates that the fleet was that of Magellan, others that it was the fleet of Loaysa (cont. on PMB 140).

Loaisa Garcia Jofre de

Bibliography of the New Hebrides Islands, 1610-1942

  • AU PMB MS 1126
  • Collection
  • 1610-1942 [compiled 1942?]

Sir John Ferguson (1881-1969), compiler of Bibliography of Australia and a Trustee of the Library of New South Wales, had an interest in Pacific Islands bibliography, particularly relating to missionary work in the Pacific Islands.

This is a photocopy of Ferguson's original manuscript cards, Bibliography of the New Hebrides Islands, 1610-1942, held in the National Library of Australia (MS3200/Box 16) <BR> Part 1, 1610-1880 <BR> Part 2, 1881-1899 <BR> Part 3, 1900-1920 <BR> Part 4, 1921-to date [1942] <BR> Part 5, Additions to bibliography of New Hebrides<P><b>See reel list for further details</b>

Ferguson, J. A.

Reported observations of volcanic activity in Papua New Guinea before 1944: published and unpublished documents, C1-C837.

  • AU PMB MS 1291
  • Collection
  • 1616-1988

This record group began as a collection of extracts from books, journals and letters by the late R.J.S. Cooke, Senior Volcanologist at the Rabaul Observatory 1971 to 1979. After Cook’s untimely death on Karkar volcano in 1979, R.W. Johnson reorganised Cook’s collection and compiled a bibliographic card index. Subsequently Johnson combined with W.D. Palfreyman and R.J. Bultitude to produce a bibliography of 740 items which was published on microfiche by the Bureau of Mineral Resources in 1986. After publication of the bibliography, an additional 97 items were added to the collection. This microfilm combines copies of the complete set of observations of volcanic activity in PNG prior to 1944 with the bibliographic references.
From W.D. Palfreyman, R.W. Johnson, R.J.S. Cooke & R.J. Bultitude, Volcanic activity in Papua New Guinea before 1944: an annotated bibliography of reported observations, Bureau of Mineral Resources, Geology and Geophysics, Report 254, Canberra, AGPS, 1986.

Reel 1 C1-C54
Reel 2 C55-C100
Reel 3 C101-C112
Reel 4 C113-C161
Reel 5 C162-C196
Reel 6 C197-C286
Reel 7 C287-C464
Reel 8 C465-C569
Reel 9 C570-C706
Reel 10 C707-C837
See Finding aids for details.

R.J.S. Cooke (1938-1979)

Papers on the Catholic Diocese of the Caroline Islands

  • AU PMB MS 1222
  • Collection
  • 1670-1999

Fr Francis Hezel came to Micronesia as a Jesuit scholastic in 1963, taught at Xavier High School for three years, and then returned to the US for three years of theological studies. When this was finished, Fr Hezel returned to Micronesia in 1969 to resume teaching at Xavier High School. In 1973 Fr Hezel was appointed principal of the School. He continued as the top administrator there until 1982, when he moved to the mission center to work as full-time director of the Micronesian Seminar which was based in Chuuk for ten years and subsequently on Pohnpei. Between 1992 and 1998 Fr Hezel also served as Jesuit regional superior in Micronesia.

While Fr. Francis Hezel was studying theology at Woodstock College, MD, during the late 1960s, he inherited the then small collection of books that young Jesuits who had returned from Micronesia pored over in an effort to prepare themselves for their eventual return to the islands. During the summer of 1968, one year before his ordination, Fr Hezel was admitted into the East-West Center program where he took courses in Pacific history and wrote a bibliographic essay on the history of the Catholic Church's engagement in Micronesia that was not long afterwards published in Journal of Pacific History (Vol.5, 1970). That kicked off Fr Hezel’s career in local history and motivated him to find still more about church activities in the islands. The result can be found in his files and most of what fills the shelves of the Micronesian Seminar library.

Two series of the files have been microfilmed, as follows:
Series I. General. Bibliographies, archival sources, chronologies, lists of missionaries.
Series I, cont. Jesuit Mission – Marianas, Guam.
Series I, cont. Jesuit Mission – Marianas, Guam.
Series I, cont. Spanish Capuchins in the Carolines, 1885-1905.
Series I, cont. Gilberts, Marshalls and Nauru.
Series II. Documentation of Catholic Missions in Micronesia in the 20th Century.

Most of the early documents in these two series are photocopies from Jesuit and Capuchin archives in Europe and elsewhere, together with English translations of some of the Spanish and Latin originals. There are a number of original mission documents among the more recent material, such as church statistics, mission station reports, the Mission Bulletin, house diaries, records of the Mercedarian Sisters, and accounts of WWII experiences, including the execution of Spanish SJs in Palau. There are also unpublished manuscripts on the history of the mission by Fr Thomas McGrath, Fr. Higinio Berganza, Fr Callistus Lopinot, Fr Faustino Hernández, Fr. John Curran and Fr Hezel.
<b>See Finding aids for details.</b>

Hezel, Francis X., Sj

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