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The Melanesian Mission at Mission Bay, Auckland, 1860 (1st of 3)

The Melanesian Mission at Mission Bay, Auckland, 1860

Many early European contacts with the Pacific Islands were made through missions and missionaries. In the early 1860s Bishop Selwyn brought promising young men from Melanesian islands such as the New Hebrides (Vanuatu) to Mission Bay, Auckland, where they were schooled during the summer. After a dysentery epidemic in 1863–64 killed 14 students, the headquarters of the mission were moved to Norfolk Island.

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Auckland City Libraries – Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero, Sir George Grey Special Collections
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Carl Walrond, 'South Pacific peoples - Early migration', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/1505/the-melanesian-mission-at-mission-bay-auckland-1860 (accessed 24 October 2017)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 25 Mar 2015