Australia, 1814

Scope and Content

Includes letters from:

Samuel Marsden, Parramatta, Sydney and on board Active (to Secretary, Church Missionary Society) - Governor Macquarie's proclamation 'for the protection of the 'natives' of the South Sea Islands'; formation of society for their protection [New South Wales Philanthropic Society for the Protection and Civilization of such of the 'Natives' of the South Sea Islands who may arrive at Port Jackson]. Recommends missionaries' children reaching age 13 be brought to New South Wales; sent to New Zealand vessel he bought to assist missionaries; printed Old Testament history etc

William Crook, Sydney - sending to Britain a hymn book with notes on pronunciation; wishes a deputation; issues of religious liberty; in charge of school; preaching tour; Tahiti needs a doctor and printing press; James Cooper (ex-missionary who came with the Duff) now returned and in charge of school

John Eyre, Parramatta [Sydney] - nearly finished translating gospel of Luke

William Shelley, Parramatta - beginning to teach indigenous Australian children

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Other Finding Aids

A detailed list of Australia Incoming Correspondence, 1798-1868 (list D1), is available for consultation in the Special Collections Reading Room, SOAS Library.

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