William Saville, notebook

Scope and Content

Manuscript notes and articles written by William Saville, including 'The Place of Anthropology in the Mission Field', ' Christmas', 'Papuan Village Life' for the [LMS] Chronicle, May 1937, and a detailed list of New Guinea letters written to the Directors of the London Missionary Society, between 20 Sep 1872 and 2 Nov 1918, by missionaries in the field, with an indication of subject matter.

Administrative / Biographical History

William James Viritahitemauvai Saville was born on 22 Jan 1873, at Huahine, Society Islands, South Seas. He was the son of Rev Alfred Thomas Saville, a missionary with the London Missionary Society. William Saville was appointed to Mailu, Papua, by the London Missionary Society, and sailed on 6 Jul 1900. He settled at Mailu in Mar 1901. He married Frances Lawes on 6 Jun 1903. He started a new mission station at Millport Harbour in 1901, but returned to Mailu in 1909. Mr and Mrs Saville pioneered among the Dimuga people, and in 1933 settled the first teachers among them. He translated the New Testament in Mailu, and published a Grammar of the Mailu language, a Papuan School Reader and a Mailu-English Dictionary. He retired in 1935. He died in 1946. Mrs Saville died in 1956.

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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Paper quite thin and fragile - requires careful handling.

Related Material

See also CWML MSS 8, and CWML MSS 304.