Chapter I. The Adventure
Chapter II. Treasures of the South Seas
Chapter III. Thursday Island
Chapter IV. Some "Dear Boys"
Chapter V. Among the Japanese
Chapter VI. With the Chinese of Singapore
Chapter VII. Moa--A Queen's Garden
Chapter VIII. More about Moa
IN the space of this small book it is possible to give only an impressionist sketch of the life of Deaconess Buchanan. The writer hopes, however, that such may serve to enshrine a noble name amongst those of the glorious company of pioneer missionaries of the South Seas.
Those who know the story of Mary Slessor (contemporary pioneer missionary to Calabar) will be interested to compare her with Florence Buchanan. The two women differed greatly in the social class from which they were drawn, and in their early environment and education had little in common. Yet, in later life, both alike exhibited in an eminent degree the faculty of Christian leadership, and were deputed at one period of their lives by the Government of their country, and by the authorities of their Church, to fulfil, unaided and alone, the combined duties of teacher, doctor, religious leader, judge, and governor among an isolated tribe of a child race.
"The knowledge of the real lives of great people has done more to strengthen character than all the fiction that ever was written;" so may the story of Deaconess Buchanan set the life compass for some heroic heart.
1861-1887. Life in England
1887-1895. Tasmania, Bundaberg, Brisbane.
1895-1899. Thursday Island.
1899-1906. Townsville, Thursday Island.
1906-1908. Singapore, England, Thursday Island.
1912-1913. Singapore, Port Darwin, Brisbane.