Collection PHOTO 8 - Photographs from the Tongan Papers of Reverend Shirley W. Baker and Beatrice Baker

Photograph of Shirley W. Baker.'Ko Misa Beika. Koe Palemia o Toga King George of Tonga (Back of PMBPhoto8_02a) Cakobau, King of Fiji. (Photographed by F.H. Dufty.) (Back of PMBPhoto8_03a) Ratu Epeli [Nailatikau, son of Cakobau]. (Photographed by F.H. Dufty.) (Back of PMBPhoto8_04a) Unidentified. Timber-lined room, perhaps a tabernacle. Unidentified. Perhaps a burial ground or tomb. Raised rock platform surrounded by rock slabs. Tonga? Coronation of Queen Salote Tonga, (Photograph by Dufty & Stylia, Tonga Islands.)
Results 1 to 10 of 35 Show all
Open original Digital object

Identity area

Reference code



Photographs from the Tongan Papers of Reverend Shirley W. Baker and Beatrice Baker


  • c.1870-1910 (Creation)

Level of description


Extent and medium

35 photographs

Context area

Name of creator


Biographical history

Name of creator

Biographical history

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Original photographs received with the Dorothy Crozier collection

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Photographs relating to Tonga from the papers of Reverend Shirley W. Baker and Beatrice Baker.
The Reverend Shirley Waldemar Baker (1836-1903) was an English Wesleyan missionary who arrived in Tonga from Australia in 1860. During his stay of more than 30 years, Baker became a close adviser to King Tupou I and, like the King, an active promoter of Tonga’s independence in the face of European colonial expansion in the south Pacific. Baker’s many disputes with other Europeans in Tonga, most notably with his fellow missionary James Moulton, and especially with the British government officials in Fiji and elsewhere, generated a degree of controversy unique among 19th-century missionaries working in the Pacific. His metamorphosis into a politician culminated in his appointment as Premier of Tonga. (John Spurway, ‘Baker Papers’, Journal of Pacific History, 38:2, 2003.)

These papers of Rev. Shirley and Beatrice Baker were bequeathed to the Mitchell Library by Dorothy Crozier along with her own research papers. They were transferred from the Mitchell Library to the Pacific Manuscripts Bureau in August 2001. Lillian Baker, a daughter of Shirley Baker who lived in Ha’apai, gave the papers to Dorothy Crozier in 1950 when Ms Crozier was researching culture change in Tonga under the supervision of Professor Raymond Firth

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement

Order as found

Conditions of access and use area

Conditions governing access

Available for reference

Conditions governing reproduction

Language of material

Script of material

Language and script notes

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

See individual items.

Finding aids

Allied materials area

Existence and location of originals

Pacific Manuscripts Bureau

Existence and location of copies

Access this title at PMB Member Libraries or by purchasing it directly from the Bureau:

Related units of description

PMB 1203

Related descriptions

Notes area

Alternative identifier(s)

Access points

Subject access points

Place access points

Name access points

Genre access points

Description control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used

Dates of creation revision deletion




Digital object (Master) rights area

Digital object (Reference) rights area

Digital object (Thumbnail) rights area

Accession area

Related subjects

Related people and organizations

Related genres

Related places