Ref NoMMS/12
TitleAustralasia/South Seas [South Pacific]
Date(s) of Creation1812-c.1957
Level of DescriptionSeries
Administrative & Biographical HistoryWesleyan missionary work started in Australia in 1818, had reached New Zealand by 1822 and the South Sea Islands in the 1820s (Tonga first in 1826). The Australasian Methodist Missionary Society was formed as an auxiliary in 1822 with independence taking place in 1855.
Held at:SOAS University of London
DescriptionMinutes (primarily Synod) for Australia (including Tasmania) and New Zealand are extant from 1822 to 1862 whilst for Fiji and Tonga they are extant from 1828 to 1855. Correspondence is available for Australia (1812-1889), Fiji (1835-1884), New Zealand (1819-1882), Samoa & New Britain (1834-1881), Tasmania (1823-1876) and Tonga (1822-1859). Some photographic material (c.1880-c.1957) is also extant.
Access StatusRestrictions Apply
Conditions Governing AccessThe majority of the collection is only available for consultation on microfiche. Only photographic material is available in original format.
CopyrightCopyright held by Methodist Missionary Society
Conditions Governing ReproductionFor permission to publish, please contact Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library in the first instance
Other Finding AidsHandlists to correspondence up to 1889 are available in the SCRR.
Related MaterialThe Papers of Reverend George Brown (1835-1917), Methodist Missionary are held at the State Library of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Access Points - Places
Place CodePlace Name
2077456Australia
2186224New Zealand
4032283Tonga
2205218Fiji
6255151Oceania
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