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Mission to the South Seas : the voyage of the Duff, 1796-1799

Author: Michael Cathcart; Greg Dening
Publisher: Parkville, Vic., Australia : History Dept., University of Melbourne, 1990.
Series: Melbourne University history monograph series, no. 11.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In 1796, the directors of the London Missionary Society launched their first missionary voyage. On a cold August morning, thirty men, six women and three children set sail aboard the mission ship Duff, bound for the south seas. It was the first British missionary voyage to the Pacific. And, from the Society's point of view, it was a diasaster. In these early confused contacts, the peoples of Tonga, Tahiti and the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Cathcart; Greg Dening
ISBN: 0732502780 9780732502782
OCLC Number: 27591303
Description: ix, 172 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm.
Series Title: Melbourne University history monograph series, no. 11.
Responsibility: Michael Cathcart [and others].

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"In 1796, the directors of the London Missionary Society launched their first missionary voyage. On a cold August morning, thirty men, six women and three children set sail aboard the mission ship Duff, bound for the south seas. It was the first British missionary voyage to the Pacific. And, from the Society's point of view, it was a diasaster. In these early confused contacts, the peoples of Tonga, Tahiti and the Marquesas islands often seemed ot have the upper hand. The missionaries were mostly artisans who had been ill-prepared for the complexities of cross-cultural interaction. But they often left behind them detailed records of their efforts. The six authors enrolled in Professor Greg Dening's course in Pacific History at The University of Melbourne in 1978. The focus of the course was Dening's experiement in teaching historical writing from a close engagement with primary sources, combined with group discussion and close collaboration. This book is the result."--Back.

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