Collection MS 1403 - Journals of Reverend Peter Milne.

Journal relating to mision in the New Hebrides, pp.1-12 [part 1] Journal relating to mission in the New Hebrides, pp.13-24 [part 2] Journal relating to mission in the New Hebrides, pp.25-36 [part 3] Journal Journal Vol.1, chapters I-VIII, pp.1-30 Journal Vol. II, chapters IX-XI Journal Vol. III, chapters XII-XIV Journal Vol. IV, chapters XV-XVII Journal Vol. V, chapters XVII-XVIII Journal Vol. VI, chapters XIX-XX
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Journals of Reverend Peter Milne.


  • 1868-1906 (Creation)

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Reverend Peter Milne was born at Stains, Aberdeen on the 17 May 1834. He trained and was ordained as a missionary to the New Hebrides (Vanuatu) with the Free Church of Scotland, under the Presbyterian Synod of Otago and Southland. He married Miss Mary Jane Veitch in December 1868 and they quickly departed for the New Hebrides via Dunedin, settling on Nguna Island in 1870. The Milnes faced a number of difficulties in the early years at Nguna, including the unscrupulous activities of European traders and planters. The first baptism took place in 1880, and after subsequent rapid evangelisation, the island was nominally Christian by 1896. Mary Milne left the island for Dunedin in 1906, to 'gather together her family', but died of a malarial illness in 1908. The Reverend Milne continued his missionary work on Nguna until dying at age 90, in 1924. Mary and Peter had at least three children, including the Reverend William Milne, also a missionary on Nguna.

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This collection includes a significant sequence of journals covering Peter Milne's early years and ministry training, before giving an extended account of the mission in the New Hebrides at Nguna (Hocken Collections MS-0432/16 to MS-0432/23). They differ from the diaries in that they are written later as a more considered narrative, rather than daily notes. There are several numbered volumes, with consecutive pagination.

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Institution: Hocken Collections, University of Otago
Address: 362 Leith Street, North Dunedin
Country: New Zealand.

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Ownership and custodial history: The originals can be found in the Hocken Collections, Call number: MS-0432/016-023. Donated by Dr P. Milne in 1956.


Related material: Related material held in the Pacific Manuscripts Bureau collection includes Letters (PMB MS 197) and Diaries of Reverend Peter Milne (PMB MS 1402).

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