Deck, John Northcote, 1875-1957 : Papers on the South Sea Evangelical Mission in the Solomon Islands
- Deck, John Northcote, 1875-1957; Deck, Jessie, -1921
Papers of John Deck, the South Sea Evangelical Mission's first medical missionary. Comprise pamphlets, articles by Deck circular letters general letters, prayer circulars, manuscripts and a draft book on the Solomon Islands by Deck. Also letters from his wife Jessie, personal letters, letter to his aunt Florence Young, also a missionary, and some official Mission material held with his papers, as well as letters of condolence and obituaries on his death.
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John Deck, a medical practitioner and missionary, travelled for over 19 years among the Solomon Islands on the South Sea Evangelical Mission's vessel, `Evangel'. As well as practising medicine and instructing local teachers and pastors,, he captained the ship and photographed and explored many of the Islands, being the first white man to cross Guadacanal, notoriously hazardous since the depredations of the blackbirders, in 1910, in 1911 recovered the skulls of an Austrian party which had been wiped out some years before. For these exploits he became a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society. Deck is also noted for his attempt to establish a mission outpost on Rennell Island in 1910. The deaths of the local teachers stationed there caused the the govenment to forbid the establishment of a further mission there until 1934. His first wife, Jessie Deck, accompanied him on his trips and wrote extensive letters describing them.
Quantity: 3 microfilm reel(s).
Finding Aids: Printed inventory available. See http://rspas.anu.edu.au/pambu/.
Provenance: Donor/Lender/Vendor - Purchase, PMB, 2006
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- Pacific Manuscripts Bureau : Records of the Pacific Area
- 3 microfilm reel(s), Business correspondence, Fliers (Printed matter), Drafts (Documents), Personal correspondence, Manuscripts, Microfilms
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