Rawcliffe, Rt. Rev. Derek Alec

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises papers on Melanesian culture, government and geography and the work of the church in the New Hebrides, dating predominantly from the 1960's and 1970's, collected by the Rt. Rev. Derek Rawcliffe.

Administrative / Biographical History

Derek Alec Rawcliffe was born on 8 July 1921. He gained a BA from the University of Leeds. Following his training at Mirfield, he was made a Deacon in 1944. In 1945 he became a priest and was appointed to St. George's, Worcester. In 1947 he was posted to work in Melanesia as Assistant Master, and then Head Master at All Hallows School, Pawa, Solomon Islands (1949). From 1956-1958 he was Head Master at St. Mary's School, Maravovo, Solomon Islands. In 1959 he was appointed Archdeacon of Southern Melanesia. He was made first Bishop of New Hebrides in January 1974, leaving this post in 1980 to become Bishop of Glasgow and Galloway. From 1991 to 1996 he was Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Ripon. He was awarded an OBE in 1971.


The material has been arranged into 4 categories: general papers; church papers; subject papers; publications.

Conditions Governing Access


Acquisition Information

Donated in 1996

Other Finding Aids

Unpublished handlist

Conditions Governing Use

No publication without written permission. Apply to archivist in the first instance

Related Material

Related Collections at SOAS: Melanesian Mission [ref. Mel M]

Geographical Names