Order with this ReferenceMMS/Special Series/Biographical/South Seas/FBN 36-37
Ref NoMMS/17/02/10/04
TitleRev John Hunt & family
Date(s) of Creation1833-1938
Level of DescriptionSub-Sub-Series
Extent2 boxes
Name of CreatorCalvert; James (1813-1892); printer, bookseller, ordained missionary
Hunt; Hannah (fl 1812-1891); née Summers, missionary wife
Lyth; Richard Bursdall (1810-1887); surgeon, ordained and medical missionary, educationalist, linguist
Administrative & Biographical HistoryBorn, 1812; educated in a parish school; farm labourer from c1822; became a Methodist, c1828; studied in his spare time and became a preacher at Swinderby and Potter Hanworth, Lincolnshire; went to study at the Wesleyan Theological Institution, Hoxton, 1835; was ordained and married Hannah Summers (b 1812), 6th March 1838; Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society missionary to Fiji, 1838-1848; worked in Rewa, Somosomo, Lakemba, and Vewa [Viwa], travelling to visit various mission stations on the Fijian islands; worked on the translation of the Bible, completing the New Testament and beginning the Old Testament; knowledgeable about Fijian culture; his evangelistic work was successful and he was instrumental in the conversion of the warrior Varani, 1845; died of dysentery, 4th October 1848; buried at Viwa [Vewa]; survived by his wife and children, including their eldest daughter, Eliza-Ann, and their second daughter, Hannah, who married Lewis Richings.

Further Reading:
Birtwhistle, N A, In his armour. The life of John Hunt of Fiji (1954);
Calvert, J, letter to J Hannah with notes on John Hunt (1848);
Nettleton, J, John Hunt pioneer missionary and saint ([1906]);
Finney, R C, Among Fijian cannibals, John Hunt (1957);
Hunt, J, Private Journal of John Hunt;
Hunt, J, Memoir of the Rev W Cross ... missionary to the Friendly and Feejee Islands; with a short notice of the early history of the Missions (1846);
Hunt, J, An explanation of the Christian religion: comprising its evidences, doctrines, duties and institutions: in a course of lectures (1850);
Rowe, G S, The life of John Hunt, missionary to the cannibals (1859);
Telford, J, Makers of our missions. Pages from the lives of Methodist missionaries (1895);
Williams, T, Memoir of the late Rev. John Hunt, Feejee.
Held at:SOAS University of London
DescriptionPapers, 1833-1938, of and relating to John Hunt and his family, comprising correspondence, 1833-1868, of John and Hannah Hunt, the correspondents being mainly family members but including some other missionaries; 'scrapbook' kept at the Wesleyan Theological Institution, Hoxton, commencing 1835, containing entries by Hunt on religious subjects; certificates, 1838, of ordination and oath of allegiance; Hunt's journals, 1838-1848, including the journey to Fiji and life and work there, one volume including an autobiographical account of his early life and religious experiences; Hunt's sermon notes and religious writings, largely undated [1830s-1840s], including a volume presented to R B Lyth, 1842; poems by Hunt, including some Fijian verses, undated; Hunt's manuscript memoir of the Rev William Cross [1843-1844]; pen believed to have belonged to John Hunt; photographic copies of a portrait of Hunt; the first Tongan Bible [published in 1839], with an inscription regarding its provenance, 1842; printed letter by James Calvert on Hunt's death, 1848; biographical account of Hunt [by R B Lyth] [after 1848]; notebook [of Hannah Hunt], some entries inscribed E A Hunt and dated 1860, including notes on Lincolnshire and other English localities, the Scriptures, poetry, Shakespeare, and history; notebook of poems from Elsie and Hannah Hunt to their mother [Hannah Hunt], 1875; photograph [of Hannah Hunt]; miscellaneous papers of Hannah Hunt Richings, 1864-1881, including photographs of her and her husband Lewis, undated; notebook of Eliza-Ann Hunt, containing diary entries, 1874-1888, and other entries including poetry and stories; papers, 1920-1938, including letters, press cuttings, and notes, relating to John Hunt, his work in Fiji, and his Lincolnshire connections.
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
Tonga (Tonga Islands)
Other Finding AidsHandlist available
Related MaterialAlso within the records of the (Wesleyan) Methodist Missionary Society is the official correspondence for John Hunt (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).

The Methodist Archives and Research Centre at John Rylands University Manchester, holds Hunt's memoranda book and diary, 1836-1837.
The Alexander Turnbull Library at the National Library of New Zealand holds seven volumes of Hunt's journal and sermons, 1841-1848.
The Mitchell Library at the New South Wales State Library in Australia holds correspondence by Hunt, 1835-1850.
Access Points - Person, Corporate & Family Names
Name CodePerson, Corporate or Family NameType of Entity
GB/NNAF/P138267Hunt; John (1812-1848); agricultural labourer, missionaryPerson
GB/SOASNAF/P942Hunt; Hannah (fl 1812-1891); née Summers, missionary wifePerson
GB/SOASNAF/P944Lyth; Richard Bursdall (1810-1887); surgeon, ordained and medical missionary, educationalist, linguistPerson
Access Points - Places
Place CodePlace Name
2198876Rewa Province
2635167United Kingdom
2203651Bua Province
4035893Taveuni Island
2196600Viwa Island
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