- 1988-1998 (Creation)
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389 digitised 35mm slides
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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, Walker was based in South West Bay, Malekula where she worked as a teacher at the South West Bay District School. From 1971, Walker served 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. Walker returned to live in Melbourne in April, 1977 but has continued to visit Vanuatu over the years.
This collection of 389 digitised colour 35mm slides is a selection of images from three return visits in 1988, 1995 and 1998. 1995 marked the centenary anniversary of the arrival of Robert Boyd, the first missionary to South West Bay. 1998 marked the Golden Jubilee or 50th anniversary of the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu (PVC). This collection features images of Port Vila, Iririki Island, Onesua (Efate), Talua (Espiritu Santo), South West Bay, Lawa, Lorlow, Wintua (Malekula) and Lenakel (Tanna). The photos feature former missionaries and church office bearers, Presbyterian Women’s Missionary Union (PWMU) activities, historical plaques and the Dayspring IV canoe.
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As arranged by Lynette Walker
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Pacific Manuscripts Bureau
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Related collections: PMB Photo 115, PMB Photo 116, PMB Photo 117, PMB Photo 118 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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