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PACIFIC ISLAND CULTURE & SOCIETY

The Papers of the Reverend George Brown (1835-1917), Methodist missionary, from the State Library of New South Wales

George Brown left behind a magnificent record of his life and work and these papers are now held at the Mitchell Library at the State Library of New South Wales.

Included in this collection are:

  • 10 volumes of journals providing first hand accounts of his missionary experiences.
  • Seven letter books highlighting George Brown’s interests and concerns.
  • Fifteen miscellaneous volumes of correspondence and papers.
  • 1,287 photographs by Brown, documenting life in Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Samoa.
  • A final printed copy and the original manuscript of Brown’s autobiography (1908)

This is a fascinating and important collection.  It will be of great interest to those concerned with the study of Polynesian Culture, Pacific Studies and the relationship between the West and the indigenous peoples of Oceania.



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