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Anglicanism in Oceania

Polynesia, Melanesia and Papua New Guinea


The Blain Biographical Directory of Anglican Clergy in the South Pacific
This database, compiled by the Reverend Michael Blain, lists Anglican clergy ordained before 1931 who served in New Zealand, Polynesia and Melanesia.

Historical Note on the Diocese of Melanesia and the Mandated Territory of New Guinea (1885-1949).
By the Reverend Michael Blain in collaboration with the Right Reverend Dr. Terry Brown. 2008.


Norfolk Island

Papua New Guinea

Pitcairn Island

Polynesia

Hawai'i

Report of the Right Rev. Andrew Burn Suter, D.D., Bishop of Nelson, to the Most Rev. the Primate of the Church of the Province of New Zealand, on His Lordship's Visit to Samoa and Fiji, undertaken at Request of the Bishops of New Zealand, with the Sanction of the General Synod of the Church of the Province of New Zealand.
By Andrew Burn Suter.
Christchurch, New Zealand: Angus Turner, 1886.

Levuka Days of a Parson in Polynesia
By C.W. Whonsbon-Aston
Westminster: Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts, 1936.

Polynesia Patchwork: The Tale of a Pacific Diocese
By C.W. Whonsbon-Aston
Westminster: Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts, 1948.

Golden Jubilee, Diocese of Polynesia, 1908-1958.
Suva, Fiji: Diocese of Polynesia, 1958.

The Moon and Polynesia
By C.W. Whonsbon-Aston
London: Published by the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel
Sydney: Australian Board of Missions, 1961.

"Forward in Faith, Forward in Depth"
By John Charles Vockler.
Taroaniara, British Solomon Islands: Melanesian Mission Press, 1964.

Pacific Irishman
William Floyd Inaugural Memorial Lecture given in Holy Trinity Anglican Cathedral, Suva, Fiji, on August 28, 1970
By C.W. Whonsbon-Aston
Stanmore, N.S.W.: Australian Board of Missions, no date.

Melanesia

Walter Hubert Baddeley, 1894-1960

Florence Edith Coombe, 1870-1953

Robert Henry Codrington, 1830-1922

Charles Elliot Fox, 1878-1977

Arthur Innes Hopkins, 1869-1943

Walter George Ivens, 1871-1940

John Palmer, 1837-1902

John Coleridge Patteson, 1827-1871

George Sarawia, c.1840-1901

George Augustus Selwyn, 1809-1878

John Richardson Selwyn, 1844-1898

John Manwaring Steward, 1874-1937

Cecil Wilson, 1860-1941

The Melanesian Brotherhood

The Community of the Cross

Documents in the Mota Language

A Letter to His Grace the Duke of Newcastle, Secretary of State for the Colonies, &c. &c. &c. on behalf of the Melanesian Mission of the Bishop of New Zealand, and also on behalf of Missions to the Aborigines of Australia.
By Lewis M. Hogg.
London: George Bell, 1853.

Hate Hasuri Ra Ni Inoni Do Re Mataia Ni Rihunga Inia Kauraha.
Portions of the Book of Common Prayer in the Bauro [sic Arosi] language, attributed to John Coleridge Patteson.

St. John's College, New Zealand: Printed at the Melanesian Press, 1858.

Journal of a Visit to the Loyalty, New Hebrides and Banks' Islands, in the Melanesian Mission Schooner The Southern Cross, with an Account of the Wreck of That Vessel.
By Benjamin Y. Ashwell.
Auckland: Printed by W.C. Wilson, 1860.

Report of the Melanesian Mission.
No place: no publisher, 1864.

The Melanesian Mission: A Letter to the Editors of the Australian Churchman.
By C. Hunter Brown.
Nelson: R. Lucas and Son, 1869.

The Island Mission: Being a History of the Melanesian Mission from Its Commencement
Reprinted from "Mission Life."
London: William Macintosh, 1869.

The Martyrs of Santa Cruz: A Sermon preached in Auckland, 5th November, 1871, 22nd Sunday after Trinity with Appendix.
By a Former Member of the Melanesian Mission Staff [Benjamin Thornton Dudley]
Auckland, N.Z.: Upton and Co., 1871.

In the Solomon Islands.
From Mission Life: An Illustrated Magazine of Home and Foreign Church Work, ed. J. J. Halcombe.
London: W. Wells Gardner, 1871, pages 165-174, 208-219.

In Memoriam. Joseph Atkin.
[By J. J. Halcombe]
From Mission Life: An Illustrated Magazine of Home and Foreign Church Work, ed. J. J. Halcombe (London: W. Wells Gardner, 1872), Vol. III Part I (new series), pages 131-145.

Stephen Taroniaro: Native Catechist of the Melanesian Mission
From Mission Life, Vol. III (new series) (1872), pages 221-222.

First Impressions of a Stay among Savages
By R. S. Jackson
From Mission Life, Vol. IV Part I (new series) (1873), pages 269-281.

Progress of the Melanesian Mission.
By C. H. Brooke.
From Mission Life, Vol. IV (new series) (1873), pages 440-448.

Last Cruise of the Second Southern Cross.
By C. H. Brooke.
From Mission Life, Vol. IV (new series) (1873), pages 593-602; Mission Life, Vol. V (new series) (1874), pages 190-196; Mission Life, Vol. V (new series) (1874), pages 256-264. Mission Life, Vol. V (new series) (1874), pages 289-298.

The Religious System of the Gods in the Island of Ngela.
By Charles Sapibuana.
From Mission Life, Vol V (New series) (1874), London, pages 579-584.

1877 Journal of Mr. Charles Hunter Brown of Nelson, New Zealand, accompanying Bishop John Richardson Selwyn, second bishop of Melanesia, on his first episcopal visit to Melanesia following his consecration as bishop of Melanesia.
Item 24, Archives of the Anglican Church of Melanesia.

Norfolk Island and Its Inhabitants
By Joseph Campbell
Sydney: Joseph Cook & Co., 1879.

The New Hebrides and Christian Missions.
By Robert Steel.
London: James Nisbet & Co., 1880, pages 420-430.

Chapter XXVI. The Melanesian Mission.

Our Maoris
By Lady [Mary] Martin
London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1884.

Chapter XIII. Melanesian mission, Kohimarama. 1861

Litany of the Melanesian Mission
Auckland, N.Z.: Wilsons and Horton, [c. 1880-1906]

Colonial Church Histories: New Zealand
Containing the Dioceses of Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Nelson, Waiapu, Wellington, and Melanesia.
By Henry Jacobs
London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1887.

Part IV. Chapter VII. Diocese of Melanesia. The Mission Field--The Mission Staff--Head Quarters of the Mission--Statistics--Churches--Expenditure--Means of Support

Ten Years in Melanesia
By Alfred Penny.
London: W. Gardner, Darton & Co., 1888.

Letter from the Bishop of Tasmania on the conditions surrounding the recruiting of native labour in the New Hebrides and Solomon Islands, 14th November 1892 [external link, Adobe Acrobat format]

Occasional Papers of the Melanesian Mission

June, 1892
February, 1893
July, 1893
March, 1894
August, 1894
Christmas, 1894
August, 1895
November, 1895
March, 1896
August,1896
Christmas, 1896
March, 1897
September, 1897 (titled "Melanesia, being the Record of the Melanesian Mission")
Christmas, 1897

The Island Voyage, 1896.
The Southern Cross Log, Vol. II--No. 22. Auckland, February, 1897.

The Light of Melanesia: A Record of Fifty Years' Mission Work in the South Seas
By H. H. Montgomery, D.D.
New York: E.S. Gorham, 1904.
First published 1896.

En le oh vele tata pah ga tata valqin mee on le ume ga ron.
Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, Prayers and Thanksgivings, Litany, Eucharistic Prayers and Catechism in the Lakona language.
Norfolk Island: Melanesian Mission Press, 1897.

Solomon Island Sketches
Serialized in The Southern Cross Log, Auckland, 1898-1901.

Appeal of the English Committee for a New Mission Ship.
Westminster: Church House, 1900.

In the Isles of the Sea: The Story of Fifty Years in Melanesia
By Frances Awdry
London: Bemrose & Sons, Limited, 1902.

Story of a Melanesian Deacon, Clement Marau, written by Himself
Translated by R.H. Codrington, D.D.
London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1906.

Journal of a Voyage to the Western Pacific in the Melanesian Mission Yacht Southern Cross 25 August-10 November 1906
By J.W. Beattie
Royal Society of Tasmania MSS RS.29/3

Catalogue of a Series of Photographs Illustrating the Scenery and Peoples of the Islands in the South and Western Pacific.
Photographed and Published by J. W. Beattie, 1907.

By Reef and Shoal: Being an Account of a Voyage amongst the Islands in the South-western Pacific.
By William Sinker
London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1907.

Santa Cruz and the Reef Islands
Described by the Rev. W. C. O'Ferrall, Missionary in Santa Cruz, 1897-1904.
Photos by J. W. Beattie, Hobart Tasmania.
Westminster: The Melanesian Mission, 1908.

Speech by Dr. Rivers, F.R.S., at the Annual Meeting in England
From Southern Cross Log (Australia/New Zealand edition), February 5, 1910, pages 140-144.

Islands of Enchantment: Many Sided Melanesia Seen through Many Eyes.
By Florence Coombe.
London: Macmillan, 1911. [External link]

The Isles that Wait
By a Lady Member of the Melanesian Mission [Ellen Wilson]
London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1911.

Life in Melanesia. Education of People Steeped in Heathenism and Witchcraft. Cannibals and Child Murderers.
By Archdeacon Uthwatt.
No place: no publisher, 1913.

A Form of Spiritual Communion compiled by the Bishop of Melanesia
[Cecil John Wood]
Auckland: Wilson & Horton, 1916.

The Attitude of the Church to the Suqe
By the Reverend Walter John Durrad
Melanesian Mission, Occasional Papers No. 1.
Printed at the Melanesian Mission Press, Norfolk Island, 1920.

Suggestions for the Revision of the Mota Prayer Book
"The following suggestions for the Revision of the Prayer Book, and for additional forms of Service, etc., are submitted for your consideration preparatory to the discussion of the subject at the 1921 Conference."
British Solomon Islands: Printed at the Melanesian Mission Press, 1920.

Florence Buchanan: The Little Deaconess of the South Seas
By Emlyn Jones
New York: The Macmillan Co., 1921.
London: The Central Board of Missions, 1921.

Essays on the Depopulation of Melanesia
Edited by W. H. R. Rivers
Cambridge: At the University Press, 1922.

Reminiscences.
By Charles Hyde Brooke.
From The Southern Cross Log, English edition, June 1923-December 1924.

A Handbook of the Melanesian Mission.
Auckland: Phoenix Press Ltd., c. 1924.

On Our Island
By Etta Mason
London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1926.

The Story of the Melanesian Mission.
Illustrated by Hilda Broughton.
No place: The Melanesian Mission, 1926.

The Lord's Prayer in Twenty-four Languages as Used in the Diocese of Melanesia among the Islands of the South Pacific.
British Solomon Islands: Printed at the Melanesian Mission Press, 1926.

Sketches from Life in Melanesia.
By Ellen Wilson.
London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, [1927]

"1928 Synod Trip" Diary of the Reverend Richard Godfrey, Priest of the Melanesian Mission.
From the Anglican Church of Melanesia Archives, Honiara, Solomon Islands, Item 19.

An Alphabet of Melanesia
[Attributed to Florence Coombe]
Auckland: Brett Publishing Co., [1929].

Te Alaa Hakatulou Iaho Katoa, Te Veisili Talatala Ma Te Hakatulou Mea Kanakana Ite Kaitapu
[Private and Daily Prayers, the Catechism, Preparation for Holy Communion in Sikaiana]
British Solomon Islands: Printed at the Melanesian Mission Press, Guadalcanar, 1932.

Devotions at the Crib.
Maravovo, Guadalcanar, British Solomon Islands: Melanesian Mission Press, 1933.

Keha Tarai Mala Lao Legu Narone. Ka Cheke Holo. A translation of the Mota Book "O Tuan Tataro ape Valqon" into the Bush language of Santa Isobel.
British Solomon Islands: Printed at the Melanesian Mission Press, Guadalcanar, 1934.

A Catechism With Prayers to be used by those preparing for Holy Baptism and Confirmation, and for Catechumen's Class
British Solomon Islands: Printed at the Melanesian Mission Press, Guadalcanar, 1935.

A New Venture into the Unknown
No place: no publisher, 1935.
[Booklet produced by the Melanesian Mission on their proposed mission to the Kukukuku people of New Guinea]

Dr. Welchman of Bugotu
By Ellen Wilson
London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1935.

The Church in Melanesia
Edited by Stuart W. Artless
Sydney, N.S.W.: Melanesian Mission, [1936]

Darkness and Light in the Pacific
By P.A. Micklem
Sydney: Australian Board of Missions, c. 1936.

In Aid of the Melanesian Mission.
With excerpt from The Southern Cross Log, London, Vol. 44, No. 7 (July 1938), page 101.

In the Solomons and Other Islands of Melanesia. Building up a Christian Civilization! 1849-1943.
Sydney: Langlea Printery, 1943.

Melanesia To-Day: Solomons Christians
By Donald Mayberry, Chaplain U.S.N.R.
Sydney: Langlea Printery, 1944 or 1945.

From the Editor
By Clifford P. Morehouse.
From The Living Church, January 21, 1945, page 15.

Melanesian Mission: The Community of the Cross
Rochester and Chatham: Parrett and Neves, 1946.

Pacific Progress 1849-1949
Being the Illustrated Centenary Book of the Diocese of Melanesia
Chathan: Parrett & Neves, Ltd. for the Melanesian Mission., 1949.

The School Island.
By Sister Veronica of the Cross.
London: Published for the Melanesian Mission by S.P.C.K., 1949.

Melanesia: Historical and Geographical
Southern Cross Booklet No. 1 (no date, but circa 1950)

Religion and Customs in Melanesia
Southern Cross Booklet No. 2 (no date, but circa 1950)

District Clergy in Melanesia
Southern Cross Booklet No. 3 (no date, but circa 1950)

Education in Melanesia
Southern Cross Booklet No. 4 (no date, but circa 1950)

The Printed Word: The Solomons and the New Hebrides
Southern Cross Booklet No. 4a (no date, but circa 1950)

Leprosy in Melanesia: The Solomons and the New Hebrides
Southern Cross Booklet No. 6 (no date, but circa 1950)

Medical Work in Melanesia
Southern Cross Booklet No. 7 (no date, but circa 1950)

Mothercraft: The Solomons and the New Hebrides
Southern Cross Booklet No. 8 (no date, but circa 1950)

A Health Reader for Melanesia.
Summer Hill, New South Wales: Melanesian Mission Press, 1951.

Na Tarai Nidia Mara Na Tano Ma Na Mavitu Nagogna na Vanatabu.
Form of Preparation of Priest and Server at the Foot of the Altar in Bugotu.
Taroaniara: Melanesian Mission Press, 1951.

Rules for the Church Association / O Lea nan tape "Church Association [English and Mota]
Taroaniara, British Solomon Islands: Melanesian Mission Press, 1953.

Pastoral Letter from the Bishop to His Clergy.
O Letter Amon I Bishop Munra Gagapalag Anana.

By Alfred Thomas Hill.
Taroniara: Melanesian Mission Press, 1954.

Elizabeth Colenso: Her Work for the Melanesian Mission.
By Francis Edith Swabey.
No place: no publisher, 1956.

Women of Melanesia
Westminster: The Mothers' Union, [c. 1956]

Calendar for 1961 in the language of Merelava.
London: A. R. Mowbray, 1960.

Bishop's Charge, Diocesan Synod, 1962.
By Alfred Thomas Hill.
Taroaniara: Diocese of Melanesia Press, 1962.

Flood Tide in the Pacific: Church and Community Cascade into a New Age.
By Frank William Coaldrake
Stanmore, New South Wales: Australian Board of Missions of the Church of England in Australia, [1963].

Sermon on the Occasion of Reverend Leonard Alufurai and the Reverend Dudley Tuti Being Consecrated Assistant Bishops of Melanesia at All Saints' Cathedral, Honiara, on Saint Andrew's Day 1963.
By Alfred Thomas Hill.
Honiara: Church of the Province of Melanesia, 1963.

Reminiscences by R. Hodgson [The Ven. Reginald Hodgson]: Missionary Priest in Melanesia Mission 1916 + 1924 (1966)

This Man: A Play Written to Mark the Consecration of the New Cathedral of the Diocese of Melanesia at Honiora [sic] in the Solomon Islands.
By Francis Bugotu and Tony Hughes.
Introduction by John Chisholm, Bishop of Melanesia.
Sydney: Ford, 1969. Online reproduction by kind permission, 2010.

They Came to My Island: The Beginnings of the Mission in the Banks Island
By George Sarawia, translated by Bishop D.A. Rawcliffe
Honiara: Church of Melanesia, Provincial Press, 1973.
Originally published in 1968 by the Diocese of Melanesia Press, Siota [Gela, Solomon Islands]

Sermon Preached by the Primate of New Zealand, the Most Rev'd Allan Johnston, at the Inauguration of the Church of the Province of Melanesia, St. Barnabas Cathedral, Honiara, Solomon Islands, January 26, 1975.
No place: no publisher, 1975.

Sermon at the Thanksgiving Mass for the Life and Work of Archbishop John Wallace Chisholm.
By Philip Strong.
From One Bread: The Bulletin of the Diocese of the New Hebrides, No. 6, July 1975, pages 4-7.

Tulav Ma Siviutabu Otarai Olegis Lavu Kaleve Ena Mea.
Laube Baptism Services. Diocese of Ysabel. For Russell Islands Region.
Honiara: Provincial Press, 1975.

Tabu Samu Koluzagu Lova Abeni Lo Savo La Sua Vere La Archbishop Lova Malanala Telo Tei Ata Melanesia Lo Province La.
A Liturgy for the Province of Melanesia in the Language of Savo, Solomon Islands.

Honiara: Provincial Press, 1978.

"A Selection of Fundamentals": The Intellectual Background of the Melanesian Mission of the Church of England, 1850-1914
By Sara Harrison Sohmer
A Dissertation Submitted to the Graduate Division of the University of Hawaii
in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in History, May 1988.
Reproduced with the author's permission, 2005.

Liturgical Spirituality under the Southern Cross:
A Study of the Impact of the Anglo-Catholic Tradition on the Anglican Church in Melanesia

By the Rev. David V. Vunagi, B.Ed., Dip. Ed., B.Th.
A thesis submitted to the Graduate Studies Committee of the Vancouver School of Theology in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the Degree of Master of Theology.

The Church of Melanesia 1849-1999
1999 Selwyn Lectures Marking the 150th Anniversary of the Founding of the Melanesian Mission
Edited by Allan K. Davidson.
Auckland, New Zealand: The College of St. John the Evangelist, 1999.
[Adobe Acrobat format, 547k; individual authors retain copyright]

Purism, Syncretism, Symbiosis: Cohabiting Traditions on Mota, Banks Islands, Vanuatu
By Thorgeir Storesund Kolshus
Thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the Cand. Polit.-degree
Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo, August 1999. [Adobe Acrobat format]

Sister Lilian: Autobiography of Sister Lilian Takua Maeva of Anuta, Solomon Islands, the Community of the Sisters of the Church, and the Church of Melanesia.
Recorded and edited by Richard Feinberg.
Honiara, Solomon Islands, September 2000.

Port Vila Anglican Parish: A Short but Long Journey into the Past.
Compiled by Ephraim Mathias.
Port Vila: Anglican Parish, 2002.

The Legacy of Robert Henry Codrington. By Allan K. Davidson.
Reprinted from the International Bulletin of Missionary Research, (October, 2003) by permission of the Overseas Ministries Study Center, New Haven, Connecticut. [Adobe Acrobat format]

How Can You Sing the Lord's Song without A Book?
A Check List of Books Printed 1855-1975 by the Anglican Church in Melanesia on the Mission Press.
Compiled by Wilfrid John Pinson.
Honiara: Provincial Press, 1976.
Scanned and revised at Barr Smith Library, Adelaide University and Grafton, 2003. Reproduced with permission.

A Pacific Life: The Memoirs of the Reverend Canon George R. Hemming, OBE (1908-2003).
No place: no publisher, 1993.

The Long Dark Island
By C. L. Mountfort, edited by R. D. Mountfort.
Wellington, New Zealand: The Desk Top Press, 1994.

The Role of Religious Communities in Peacemaking: The Solomon Islands
By the Right Reverend Dr Terry Brown, Bishop of Malaita, Church of the Province of Melanesia.
First published in Anglican Religious Life Journal, Issue No. 1 Canterbury Press, Newark (UK), 2004, pages 8-18.

"Unpretending labours": Julia Farr and the Melanesian Mission
By Janet Crawford
Presented at the First Biennial TransTasman Conference: ANZ Missionaries, At Home and Abroad 2004.

Religious Communities of the Anglican Communion: Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.
By Thomas William Campbell.
Braddon, ACT: Published privately, 2007.

The Anglican Church and the Vanuatu Independence Movement: Solidarity and Ambiguity. [Adobe Acrobat format, external link]
By Terry M. Brown.
Alfred Deakin Research Institute Working Paper No. 7, 2010.

List of Church of the Province of Melanesia/Anglican Church of Melanesia-related small publications in the Archives of the Anglican Church of Melanesia, 1975-2012, on deposit in the National Archives of Solomon Islands, Honiara, Solomon Islands, 23 November 2012.
Compiled by Terry M. Brown.

List of Melanesian Mission/Diocese of Melanesia-related small publications in the Archives of the Anglican Church of Melanesia, 1857-1974, on deposit in the National Archives of Solomon Islands, Honiara, Solomon Islands, 23 November 2012.
Compiled by Terry M. Brown.

List of small publications related to the Roman Catholic, Methodist/United and South Seas Evangelical Churches in Solomon Islands in the Archives of the Anglican Church of Melanesia, 1857-1974, on deposit in the National Archives of Solomon Islands, Honiara, Solomon Islands, 23 November 2012.
Compiled by Terry M. Brown.


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