Story: Missions and missionaries

London Missionary Society

London Missionary Society

A predecessor of the Church Missionary Society was the London Missionary Society (LMS). One of its missionaries, John Williams, had been working in the Pacific for more than 20 years when he visited the island of  Erromango (later part of Vanuatu) in 1839. The islanders had recently been cruelly treated by traders looking for sandalwood. They killed Williams and his companion James Harris. This 1841 painting shows other LMS missionaries escaping by boat in the background.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: B-088-002
Artwork by George Baxter

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Peter J. Lineham, 'Missions and missionaries - Missionaries from Britain', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 June 2024)

Story by Peter J. Lineham, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 8 Aug 2018