Collection MS 1074 - Papers

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AU PMB MS 1074




  • 1913-75 (Creation)

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1 reel; 35 mm microfilm

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Hilda Steadman was the wife of Reverend W. Rex Steadman, who worked as a Methodist Minister in Fiji beteen 1912 and 1940. During their time in Fiji the Steadmans devoted themselves to working with the Indian community. Between 1912 and 1920 they were based at Navua, from 1920 to 1926 they ran the Indian Mission Church and Boys' School at Toorak (Suva), during 1926/27 they worked at Lautoka, after which they returned to Australia for five years. In 1932 they returned to Fiji and spent the next eight years at Rewa organising the Methodist Indian educational system. During her time in Fiji Hilda founded the Indian Women's Benevolent Society. In 1940 the Steadmans retired to South Australia.

The papers include the following items:<BR>- letter by Hilda to her parents written <BR> from Naduri, Vanua Levu, 17/10/20 (10p.)<BR>- newspaper clippings, 1920-41<BR>- Indian work in Fiji, mss, 6p.<BR>- Navua, 1912, typescript, 3p.<BR>- The Rewa sojourn, t/s, 3p.<BR>- Medical work in Fiji, mss, 6p.<BR>- Welfare work among the women of Fiji, <BR> t/s, 5p.<BR>- Reminiscences of Mrs A.J. Small (wife <BR> of Methodist Missionary in Fiji) t/s 25p.<BR>- obituary for Mrs Steadman, 1975<BR>- 214 photographs, 1913-40, depicting the following<BB> the work of the Methodist Church in Fiji<BR>students, colleagues, friends and family of the Steadmans<BR>members of the Indo-Fijian community<BR>scenes in various parts of Fiji<BR>Most photographs are identified.

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Pacific Theological College Library, Private Bag, Suva, Fiji

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