Collection MS 1404 - Journals of Reverend Frederick James Paton from the New Hebrides.

Journal, 1908-1911 Journal, 1913-1915 Journal, 1915-1917 Journal, 1918-1920 Journal, 1921-1922 Journal, 1930-1935
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Journals of Reverend Frederick James Paton from the New Hebrides.


  • 1908-1935 (Creation)

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Six volumes.

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Reverend Frederick James Paton, the son of the noted Presbyterian missionary John Gibson Paton, was born at Aniwa, New Hebrides (now Vanuatu) on 5 March 1867. After being educated in Australia and serving there for a short time as a Presbyterian minister, Paton returned to the New Hebrides and spent most of the rest of his life as a missionary there. He was particularly associated with Malekula, where he established a mission station in 1895. Paton worked alongside his wife Helen (died 1905) and second wife Christine (died 1914). He also served as a chaplain to Australian forces during World War I. Frederick Paton died on 12 December 1941.

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This collection includes the diaries of Frederick Paton relating to missionary activity from 1908-1935, particularly in the New Hebrides.

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

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Reference code: Hocken Collections catalogue number: MS-1121/012-017.


Ownership and custodial history: This collection was rescued from a boat shed at Tongoa, New Hebrides (now Vanuatu) in 1964 and donated to the Hocken Library by Prof. G. S. Parsonson in 1973.

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