Collection PHOTO 115 - Lynette Walker Photographs of New Hebrides (Vanuatu)

Article from Presbyterian Life magazine about status of mission work in New Hebrides Untitled [Image of outrigger canoe with bible verse] 'The South West Bay PWMU [Presbyterian Women’s Missionary Union] ladies show what they have made ... Back of Photo PMB Photo 115-03a 'Young men sing farewell to the happy couple while they sit on a canoe on the beach. Marriage cus... Back of Photo 115-04a 'New Zealand missionaries in New Hebrides (Rhoda, Ann Lilburne, Ann Riach, Cath Gillanders?, Bett... Back of Photo 115-05a 'South West Bay, Malekula, New Hebrides looking north' Back of Photo 115-06a
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Lynette Walker Photographs of New Hebrides (Vanuatu)


  • 1958-1965 (Creation)

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18 black and white photographic prints as 36 digital files, 2 documents as digital PDF

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Lynette (Lyn) Grace Walker was born in 1927. She went to school at Clarendon Presbyterian Ladies’ College in Ballarat before going on to complete her teacher training at the University of Melbourne. Walker was commissioned to the Order of Deaconess at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Camberwell on 9 March, 1958, having trained at Rolland House Deaconess and Missionary Training College. In 1958, Walker travelled to the New Hebrides (now Vanuatu) to take up the post of educational missionary for the west coast of Malekula, based in South West Bay. Between 1958-1965, Walker taught in the South West Bay District School and developed a new syllabus.

Returning to Australia in 1966, Walker lived in Mornington, Victoria where she cared for her parents and served as Deaconess at the Frankston Presbyterian Church. In 1971, Walker returned to the New Hebrides to serve as Deaconess for Central Islands (Efate and adjacent islands). Based in Vila, she worked with women, young people and Sunday school teachers. Between 1975-1977, she took on the post of Deaconess for Southern Islands (Tanna, Aniwa, Aneityum, Futuna and Erromango). Walker returned to live in Melbourne in April, 1977. From 1978, she worked for the Uniting Church in aged care community outreach until her retirement in 1987. In retirement, she continues to be active in church life and community activities.

Since returning to Australia, Walker has visited Vanuatu several times, including in 1998 to join in the Golden Jubilee celebrations for the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu.

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Deaconess Lynette Grace Walker served as an educational missionary in the New Hebrides (now Vanuatu) for the Australian Presbyterian Board of Missions. Between 1958-1965, Lyn was based in South West Bay, Malekula where she was a teacher at the South West Bay District School. She also developed a new syllabus.

This collection of annotated black and white photographs and postcards features many missionaries to the New Hebrides from Australia and New Zealand. The collection also depicts landscapes, village scenes, wedding celebrations and Lyn’s departure from South West Bay in 1965. The collection also includes an article from the July 1962 issue of Presbyterian Life magazine about the status of missionary work in New Hebrides and a missionary newsletter to supporters which includes an invitation to the opening of the rebuilt Boyd Memorial Clinic.

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As arranged by Lynette Walker

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Related collections: PMB PHOTO 116, PMB PHOTO 117, PMB PHOTO 118, PMB PHOTO 119 and PMB MS 1440.


Individual item titles are taken from the handwritten captions on photos. The language is reflective of the period of captioning. In the absence of captions, titles were devised by cataloguer based on image content. Information added by cataloguer is included in square brackets [ ].

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