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.
Alfred Thomas Saville Papers
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- Dates of Creation1853-1888
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- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description1 box
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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.
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.
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Detailed list of Alfred Thomas Saville Papers (list A3), available for consultation in the Special Collections Reading Room, SOAS Library.
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Published on microfiche by IDC Publishers.
Compiled by Rachel Kemsley as part of the RSLP AIM25 project. Source: LMS Register of Missionaries, ed James Sibree.
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Copyright transferred by Mr M. V. Saville to SOAS Library in Sep 2006.