Collection MS 1421 - Paton Archive

Papers of John G. Paton and Margaret Whitecross Paton Correspondence from Minn and John Gillan to Bob and Bessie Paton Lecture given at Paton Memorial Church by Rev Dr. Ian Breward; Obituary of Clara Margaret Peggy B... General letters photocopied and reports, New Hebrides General letters photocopied, New Hebrides Malekula: The Missionary Chronicle Correspondence to W F P from Island folk in local language General, personal and circular correspondence Synod Meeting Synod Report 1938 and correspondence on Wilfred 1947
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AU PMB MS 1421


Paton Archive


  • 1858 - 2011 (Creation)

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Manuscript papers and photographs.

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The papers in the collection relate to the Paton family and their missionary service in the New Hebrides (Vanuatu) from 1858-2011. The papers include correspondence, journals, reports, lectures, circulars and photographs from that describe the early missions and the Paton family's involvement in establishing the Presbyterian Church in the New Hebrides. The papers describe and include information on family and personal life, finances, the work of the mission such as the education of local Ni-Vanuatu at the Tangoa Teachers' Training Institute and the establishment of Constitution of Synod. Also included in this collection is a slideshow of mission work most likely used to garner general and financial support for the mission work. Isobel Paton filed these papers by person and continued to add to these collections with newspaper clippings and other articles related to the work of the Paton family in Vanuatu.
Some local information included in this collection are: a local legend on the origin of yam, volcanic eruption on Lopevi Island on November 1, 1939 and some correspondence from Wilfred Paton to David Bule in local language.

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As ordered by Isobel Paton.

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English and some correspondence in a local language of New Hebrides/Vanuatu.

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This collection contains old and delicate manuscript papers and scratched slides.

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Family: Paton
Address: Blackburn South, Victoria
Country: Australia

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Access this title at PMB Member Libraries or by contacting the Bureau directly:

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See also:
PMB MS 32- New Hebrides Journal, Rev F J Paton.
PMB MS 33 - New Hebrides Journals. Mrs Paton (Nellie).
PMB MS 1382 - Diary, correspondence and miscellaneous papers of missionary service on the Islands of Tangoa, New Hebrides (1931-1933). Frank and Rita Paton.
PMB MS 1386 - Journal, research notes and correspondence from the New Hebrides. John G. Paton.
PMB MS 1387 - Journals and correspondence from the New Hebrides, Sept 1870-Nov 1943. Maggie Whitecross Paton. I reel
PMB MS 1392 - Correspondence, news clippings and photographs. Frederick James Paton.
PMB MS 1404 - Journals of Reverend Frederick James Paton from the New Hebrides (1908-1935).

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New Hebrides Mission Photographic Albums and Lantern Slides

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Paton Family Tree:
Reverend John G Paton married his second wife Margaret (Maggie Whitecross or Mrs. Gillan) in 1864. They had ten children but only six survived and four died at infancy or early childhood. In the order of age, their children are: Robert Robson Paton, Fred, Mary Ann (Minnie), Frank, James, and John. Frank Paton was married to Rita Paton and served as a missionary in New Hebrides. Frederick (Fred) James Paton served as a Presbyterian missionary on Malekula Island in New Hebrides. Fred Paton married Clara Heyer in 1896 and together they had a son, William Fredrick (Wilfred) Paton who was married to Maisie and both worked on Ambrym and Paama. Wilfred and Maisie Paton’s children include Isobel Paton, Bob Paton, and Elizabeth Paton. Bob Paton is married to Bessie Paton.

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Prepared by Myjolynne Kim and Kylie Moloney, February 2017.

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