Collection PHOTO 99 - New Hebrides Mission photographs, 1950-1978

Men pulling in a row boat at night time. Nurse helping to change a dressing on baby's leg Group of people associated with the misison Six men standing outside Two ni-Vanuatu and one European men, standing outside. One holding a bible. Ni-Vanuatu man holding bible Hurricane damage to Presbyterian church, Vila 3 unknown men Ni-Vanuatu man holding a large fish New Hebrides government advisory council
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New Hebrides Mission photographs, 1950-1978


  • 1950-1978 (Creation)

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The Department of Communications was part of the Overseas Mission Committee for the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand. Following the establishment of an independent New Hebrides Presbyterian Church in 1948, the New Zealand Presbyterian Church continued to work as a partner. It assisted in the establishment of a High School at Onesua on Efate, as well as providing funds and personnel to set up and run a small hospital on Tongoa. The New Zealand Church was also involved in developing Navota Farm and opening the Maropa religious bookshop in Port Vila, training local islanders to be trades people and undertake the building work. The New Zealand Bible Class volunteer scheme sent out young people during the 1960s to assist with building, administration and nursing. The Mission, at the request of the Presbyterian Church of the New Hebrides, divested itself of all remaining authority in the Islands so that the New Zealand missionaries effectively worked for the New Hebrides Church.

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These photographs are associated with the Department of Communications of the Overseas Mission Committee for the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand. The images date from 1950-1978. Photo subjects include Onesua High School, the Boys Brigade, and construction projects for the New Hebrides Presbyterian Church. There are also numerous images of missionary families and ni-Vanautu church members, as well as some key political figures.

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High resolution digital copies can be ordered from the Presbyterian Research Centre, the Pacific Manuscripts Bureau and the Vanuatu National Archives. If a person wishes to publish any photographs from this collection, the researcher must contact the Presbyterian Research Centre to gain permission. Email:

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Institution: Presbyterian Research Centre, Knox College
Address: Arden Street, Opoho, Dunedin, 9010
Country: New Zealand.

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The titles of these photographs were copied from the original titles assigned by the Presbyterian Research Centre, Knox College. Information in the title enclosed by square brackets has been added by the Pacific Manuscripts Bureau as new information has become available. The notes field of each individual item includes information about the image, including the original description. The individual notes field for each item have not been edited by the Pacific Manuscripts Bureau. These are the original descriptions assigned by the Presbyterian Research Centre, Knox College.

Presbyterian Research Centre Accession Number 497/190. Reference Number P-A243.05

Related material: Related material held in the Presbyterian Research Centre includes archives and manuscripts of Presbyterian missionaries who served in the New Hebrides. See:

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Entered December 2017. Updated by Kari James November 2018.

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