Collection MS 1047 - Journal, report and letterbook

Rev William Gray's Journal at Tanna, 1882-1883 Rev William Gray's Journal at Tanna, June - December 1884 Rev William Gray Report from Mission Station Weasisi, Tanna, New Hebrides, 1884 Rev William Gray Letterbooks, 1891 Rev William Gray Letterbooks, 1892 Rev William Gray Letterbooks, 1893 Rev William Gray Letterbooks, 1894
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AU PMB MS 1047


Journal, report and letterbook


  • 1882 - 1906 (Creation)

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William Gray was born near Gawler, South Australia. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Adelaide and graduated in Divinity from Union College in 1880, the first Presbyterian student to complete the course. He spent 1881, the year of his ordination, in medical training at Adelaide Hospital and as Minister to the congregations of Goodwood and Mount Barker. He married Elizabeth McEwen in 1882 and shortly after they sailed for Weasisi, Tanna, New Hebrides in the 'Dayspring'. Gray was the first Presbyterian Church of South Australia missionary to the New Hebrides. He produced a grammar, primer, hymnal and translation of Luke's Gospel in the Tanna language. At the age of 71 Gray became head of the Smith of Dunesk Presbyterians Mission which later became the nucleus of John Flynn's Australian Inland Mission.

Gray was an outspoken advocate for the end of the Melanesian labour trade.

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Please see PMB 1046 for full entry

Following are the three items and their call numbers in the Mortlock Library:

  1. Rev. William Gray's Journal at Tanna for the period 1882-1884 (Call no.SRG 123/377/1). This journal precedes the personal diaries on PMB 1046.
  2. Rev. William Gray's Report from Tanna, 1884 (Call no.SRG 123/377/1)
  3. Rev. William Gray's Letterbook, 1891-1906 (Call no.SRG 123/377/3)

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Available for reference but no part of the contents of this reel may be reproduced in any way without the written consent of the Manager, Archival Services, The Mortlock Library, State Library of South Australia, GPO Box 419, Adelaide SA 5001

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Institution: State Library of South Australia
Address: North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000
Country: Australia

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