Order with this ReferenceMMS/Special Series/Biographical/South Seas/FBN 33-36
Ref NoMMS/17/02/10/03
TitleRev James Calvert
Date(s) of Creation1837-1910s
Level of DescriptionSub-Sub-Series
Extent4 boxes
Name of CreatorCalvert; James (1813-1892); printer; bookseller; ordained missionary
Calvert; Mary (1814-1882); née Fowler; missionary wife
Administrative & Biographical History
Born in Pickering, Yorkshire, England, 3rd January 1813; a printer, bookbinder, and bookseller; whilst ill, a mystical experience drew him to missionary work, 1831; completed his studies at the Wesleyan Theological Institution, Hoxton, 1837; married Mary Fowler (1814-1882) on 22nd March 1838 and, with his wife and his friend John Hunt, sailed to Fiji for the Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society in the same year; worked at Rewa and Lakemba; returned to England to oversee publication of the Fijian Bible, 1856; returned to Fiji, 1857; returned to England, 1866; served as a missionary in South Africa, 1872-1880; minister at City Road, London, 1881; Croydon, 1882; went to Fiji for the mission jubilee, 1885; toured Australia and America on behalf of the mission; retired to England; minister at Finsbury Park, 1887; continued to revise the Fijian Bible; died at Hastings on 8th March 1892.

Further Reading:
[Calvert, J], Friendly Islands (1886);
Calvert, J, letter to J. Hannah with notes on John Hunt (1848);
Calvert, J, Fiji and the Fijians (Vol 1 1858, Vol 2 1860);
Calvert, J, Fiji District: letter to the Rev. S. Rabone, General Secretary of Wesleyan Missions in Australia and Polynesia (1865);
Calvert, J, Native agents and their support (1878);
Calvert, J, The story of Fiji (1887);
Hall, C M, Calvert of cannibal Fiji (1918);
Rowe, G S, James Calvert of Fiji (1893);
Telford, J, Makers of our missions. Pages from the lives of Methodist missionaries (1895);
Vernon, R, James Calvert; or, From dark to dawn in Fiji ([1890]);
Williams, Thomas, Fiji and the Fijians (1870);
WMMS, Events in Feejee - narrated in recent letters from several Wesleyan missionaries (1856).
Held at:SOAS University of London
DescriptionPapers, 1837-1910s, of James Calvert and his wife Mary, including James Calvert's journals, 1838-1886 (some gaps), including his experiences in Fiji and South Africa; Mary Calvert's journal, 1863-1866; certificates, 1838, including those for ordination and marriage; personal and family papers, 1839-1887, including baptismal certificates, 1839-1846, photographs of children, and poems; correspondence of James and Mary Calvert, 1837-1892, the correspondents including John Hunt and other ministers, and members of the Calvert and Fowler families; memoranda books on missionary conferences in Adelaide, 1866, Grahamstown, 1873, 1880, and Bloemfontein, 1874; printed proceedings of conferences at Pietermaritzburg, 1877, and Natal, 1878; manuscript notes and addresses, 1830s-1890s, including autobiographical notes, sermons, and anecdotes of mission life; c30 bills, 1870-1890; press cuttings and articles by or about Calvert, 1840s-1910s.
Access StatusTemporarily Closed
Conditions Governing AccessOnly to be viewed on microfiche.
CopyrightCopyright probably held by Methodist Missionary Society.
Conditions Governing ReproductionFor permission to publish, please contact Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library in the first instance
Language(s) of MaterialEnglish
Other Finding AidsHandlist available
Related MaterialOfficial correspondence by James Calvert whilst a missionary in Fiji is located within the (Wesleyan) Methodist Missionary Society (MMS/Australasia/Correspondence/Fiji/FBN 5-6). Furthermore, the synod minutes will detail his work, and that of his colleagues, in the Fiji district (MMS/Australasia/Synod Minutes/Fiji & Tonga/FBN 2). Correspondence is also extant from his period in South Africa (MMS/South Africa/Correspondence/Bechuanaland/FBN 5 & MMS/South Africa/Correspondence/Bloemfontein/FBN 6). Synod minutes will also detail his work, and that of his colleagues, in South Africa (MMS/South Africa/Synod Minutes/FBN 3-5).

Information on his work in later life promoting the WMMS in North America and Australia might be found within the Home correspondence and minutes.
Access Points - SubjectAutobiographies
Missionary work
Newspaper press
Travel abroad
Wives of missionaries
Access Points - Person, Corporate & Family Names
Name CodePerson, Corporate or Family NameType of Entity
GB/SOASNAF/P108Calvert; James (1813-1892); printer, bookseller, ordained missionaryPerson
GB/SOASNAF/P512Calvert; Mary (1814-1882); née Fowler, missionary wifePerson
GB/SOASNAF/F02Calvert; family; of Fiji, South Africa and LondonFamily
GB/NNAF/P138267Hunt; John (1812-1848); agricultural labourer, missionaryPerson
Access Points - Places
Place CodePlace Name
9406051Southern Africa
953987South Africa
2203651Bua Province
2198876Rewa Province
4036132Lau Province
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