Collection MS 1123 - Manuscripts, pamphlets and press cuttings relating to Rev. William Gray

PMB MS 1123 Finding Aid 'The Kanaka Labour Traffic from a Missionary’s Point of View' and other articles 'The Kanaka Labour Traffic from a missionary’s point of view or How the Queensland Sugar Planters... 'The Kanaka Labour Traffic as it is in the New Hebrides' Untitled manuscript on the labour trade in the New Hebrides Various documents on labour traffic 'Plantation Life' 'Inquiry on Labour Traffic' 'The number of Kanakas employed in Queensland' and other notes Telegram: H. A. Robinson to William Gray
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Manuscripts, pamphlets and press cuttings relating to Rev. William Gray


  • 1884-1895, 1913-1915 (Creation)

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2 reels; 35mm microfilm

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William Gray (1854-1937) was born near Gawler, South Australia. He obtained his BA from Adelaide University 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 <I>Dayspring</I>. 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 Dunsek Presbyterian Mission which later became the nucleus of John Flynn's Australian Inland Mission. See also PMB 1046, 1047 and 1048.

Rev Gray's manuscripts, phamphlets and press cuttings on the labour traffic; copies of some annual reports of the Queensland Kanaka Mission and the Queensland Department of Pacific Island Immigration; pamphlets by J G Paton, A C Smith and J Inglis 1915; William Watt Erskine's recollections of his childhood on Tanna, lantern slides and photographs of missionary life in the New Hebrides, 1880s. <P> <b>See reel list for further details</b>.

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Transferred by Mrs Audrey Harvey, Rev William Gray's grand daughter, to the Mortlock Library in the State Library of South Australia in 1999. The three volumes of press cuttings collected by Rev Dr David Crombie held by Rev Graham Miller, Wangaratta VIC

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