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Transcribed by the Right Reverend Dr. Terry Brown
Retired Bishop of Malaita, 2009

1. The Stipend of all Missionaries shall be the same, i.e., £150 a year.

2. The Mission will, in addition, pay--

(a) Travelling expenses of Missionaries to their homes and back to their stations, and at other times when they are travelling on Mission business.

(b) Medical attendance, including Dentist's and Oculist's fees; but will not be responsible for expenses incurred in Private Hospitals or Nursing Homes, unless permission to incur such expense has been granted beforehand.

(c) The expense of the maintenance of Mission property.

(d) Expenses incurred in Missionary work, e.g., for boats' crews.

All other personal expenses, food, customs-duties, attendance, etc., are paid by the Missionary.

3. Every Missionary must remember that it is his duty to care for, and preserve in good condition, all Mission property under his control.

4. Each person who joins the Mission will be granted £35 for personal outfit, which includes bedding, a house-lamp and a lantern. A further grant of £5 will be made for Medicines and medical appliances.

5. The Mission will provide a House, and the necessary furniture, which will include table, chairs, bed and cooking stove.

6. No person will be accepted for work in the Mission without a certificate from a Doctor, of good health; and from a Clergyman, of good character.

7. Any member of the Mission staff marrying without the Bishop's permission ipso facto ceases to be a member of the staff.

8. Each person joining the Mission staff shall sign an agreement to resign when asked to do so by the Bishop.

9 The first year in the Mission is to be a period of probation; at the end of which time the engagement can be terminated, either by the Bishop, or by the person concerned.

10. No man will be accepted under the age of 21 or over the age of 40, and no woman, under the age of 25 or over the age of 40.

11. Before any woman is accepted she must be carefully examined by a Doctor, with special consideration of the state of her health since girlhood, and a report sent to the person responsible for her acceptance or rejection. Having passed this test, she should be required further to undergo a period of not less than six months' religious training at a place approved by the Bishop.

12. Furloughs will, as far as possible, be granted as follows:--

After twelve months' service -- Three months.

After a further period of not more than three years -- Six months.

After a further period of not more than three years -- Twelve months.


Missionaries should bear in mind that the Stipends are fixed at a reasonable minimum for supporting life in the Mission in health and reasonable comfort, but persons without private means will have to exercise very careful economy if they are to keep within their income. While every consideration will be shewn, the Mission cannot be responsible for the private expenses of Missionaries.

A newly-joined member of the staff draws his stipend as from the date of his leaving his home port to join the Mission.


Bishop of Melanesia.


October 31st, 1924.


Melanesian Mission Press, British Solomon Islands.

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