Copy of biographical notes made by Mrs Alexander Chisholm

Scope and Content

A note inside the text reads "These notes deal with the Chisholm's early days - the journey out to the South Seas and life in Samoa, and was written late in life, with the aid of letters and journal that she [Mrs Chisholm] had herself written..."

Administrative / Biographical History

Alexander Chisholm was a missionary with the London Missionary Society in the South Seas from 1842 to his death in 1862. He married Elizabeth Davies (born 23 Dec 1822, granddaughter of John Whitridge of Oswestry). Mr & Mrs Chisholm arrived in Tahiti in March 1843. His appointment having been changed to Samoa, they proceeded to that Group, arrived at Upolu in April 1843, and settled in June at Salailua, Savaii. In November 1845, they removed to Sapapalii, Savaii. By an arrangement of the Samoan Committee, they wereinstructed to join the Tahiti Mission, and in december 1846 left Samoa, and proceeded to that island, and settled at Hitiaa. In 1849 they removed to Papara, Tahiti. In consequence of the measures of the French authorities, in September 1852 they retired to Raiatea, where he continued to labour as a missionary until April 1860.The family the returned to England, arriving in October 1860. Alexander Chisholm died in 1862.

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Custodial History

The notes appear to have ben copied by Irene M. Fletcher, Librarian & Archivist for the London Missionary Society, in 1952. An introductory note by Irene Fletcher inside the volume reads "The document was intended for the family's interest, and was loaned to us by Mr R. G. Chisholm, son of George Oswald Chisholm, Mrs Chisholm's youngest son, and the only one born in England...".