Alfred Thomas Saville Papers

Scope and Content

Papers, 1853-1888, of Alfred Thomas Saville, comprising diaries, 1853-1854, 1859-1888, including descriptions of his experiences at Airedale College, Highgate, in Huahine, and at Rye; answers to Ordination Questions, 1865; instructions from the London Missionary Society (LMS), 1866; two letters to his family and a letter from Reverend William George Lawes (1839-1907), 1867-1868; two draft letters to Dr Mullens at LMS headquarters, 1868-1869.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born in Birmingham, England, 1839; studied at Airedale College and at Highgate; appointed London Missionary Society (LMS) missionary to Huahine in the South Pacific; was ordained and married Elizabeth Anne Marston (1835-1903), 1865; sailed in the mission ship the John Williams II, arriving at Adelaide and proceeding to Sydney, Australia, then to Aneiteum, where the ship ran aground and returned to Sydney for repairs, 1866; Neville and other passengers remained at Aneiteum; visited the Loyalty Islands and arrived at Niue, 1866; left Niue for Samoa and proceeded to Huahine, 1867; following the failure of his health, left Tahiti for England, 1874; retired from the LMS, having taken the pastorate of the Congregational chapel at Rye, Sussex, 1878; became pastor of the Congregational chapel at Hailsham, 1905; retired from the ministry and died at St Leonards, 1915. His son, William James Viritahitemauvai Saville (1873-1948), was also a LMS missionary to the South Seas, and his daughter, Lillie Emma Valineetua Saville (1869-1911), was an LMS medical missionary to China.

Access Information


Acquisition Information

Donated to SOAS in October 1990 by Mr M. V. Saville, grandson of Rev Arthur T. Saville, for inclusion in the archive of the Council for World Mission.

Other Finding Aids

Detailed list of Alfred Thomas Saville Papers (list A3), available for consultation in the Special Collections Reading Room, SOAS Library.

Alternative Form Available

Published on microfiche by IDC Publishers.

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Rachel Kemsley as part of the RSLP AIM25 project. Source: LMS Register of Missionaries, ed James Sibree.


Conditions Governing Use

For permission to publish, please contact Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library in the first instance

Copyright transferred by Mr M. V. Saville to SOAS Library in Sep 2006.

Related Material

The School of Oriental and African Studies holds the records of the London Missionary Society (Ref: CWM/LMS), including letters from individual missionaries, among them Saville (Ref: CWM/LMS South Seas Incoming Correspondence); his candidate's papers (Ref: CWM/LMS Candidates' Papers Box 14 No 33); his LMS journal of the voyage on board the John Williams, 1866 (Ref: CWM/LMS South Seas Journals Box 10 File 156); his report from Huahine, 1872 (Ref: CWM/LMS South Seas Reports Box 1 File 7); and various papers relating to his son, William, and daughter, Lillie.