Ref NoMS 380563
TitlePapers of David Lloyd Francis
Date(s) of Creation1933 - 1989
Level of DescriptionCollection
Extent1 box
Name of CreatorFrancis; David Lloyd (b 1901); missionary
Administrative & Biographical HistoryDavid Lloyd Francis was born in England but emigrated to New Zealand with his family in about 1920. He and his wife worked with the Melanesian Mission for sixteen years in the New Hebrides, the Solomon Islands and Santa Cruz Islands, including six months on the Island of New Britain in the Mandated Territory of New Guinea. He was ordained in May 1937. During the Second World War he worked as a medical missionary/chaplain for the Allied armed forces in a military camp in the Solomon Islands. After the War, Francis toured New Zealand with an exhibition of 'Melanesian Curios', which he brought to Britain in 1947. He settled again in Britain, doing occasional work for the BBC. He died in the early 1990s.
Held at:SOAS University of London
Source of AcquisitionDonated in 1993.
DescriptionPapers, 1933-1989, of David Lloyd Francis, comprising his diaries (1943, 1947-8) and correspondence concerning his work with the Melanesian Mission, the effects of the War on the Mission's work and his own work during this period. Later correspondence with the BBC is also included.
System of ArrangementThe materials have been arranged in two main sections: diaries, and correspondence and papers. Items have been arranged chronologically within these sections.
Access StatusTemporarily Closed
Conditions Governing ReproductionFor permission to publish, please contact Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library in the first instance
Language(s) of MaterialEnglish
Script(s) of MaterialLatin
Other Finding AidsUnpublished handlist.
Related MaterialThe School of Oriental and African Studies also holds the records of the Melanesian Mission (Ref: MEL M).
Access Points - SubjectArmed forces
Broadcasting programmes
International conflicts
International relations
Missionary work
Oceanic cultures
Radio programmes
War (concept)
Second World War (1939-1945)
Travel abroad
Access Points - Person, Corporate & Family Names
Name CodePerson, Corporate or Family NameType of Entity
GB/NNAF/D92424Francis; David Lloyd (b 1901); missionaryPerson
GB/NNAF/C109114British Broadcasting CorporationCorporate
GB/NNAF/C45202Melanesian MissionCorporate
Access Points - Places
Place CodePlace Name
2083546West New Britain
2097853East New Britain
2088628Papua New Guinea
2103350Solomon Islands
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