Gathering for God : George Brown in Oceania

Gardner, Helen Bethea 2006, Gathering for God : George Brown in Oceania, Otago University Press, Dunedin, New Zealand.

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Title Gathering for God : George Brown in Oceania
Author(s) Gardner, Helen BetheaORCID iD for Gardner, Helen Bethea
Publication date 2006
Total pages 204 p.
Publisher Otago University Press
Place of Publication Dunedin, New Zealand
Keyword(s) Brown, George, 1835-1917
Brown, George, 1835-1917 -- Travel -- Oceania
Wesleyan Methodist Church -- Missions -- Oceania -- History
Missionaries -- England -- Biography
Missionaries -- Oceania -- Biography
Oceania -- History
Oceania -- Description and travel
Christian life & practice (Australia,Oceania)
Biography & autobiography
20th Century history (c 1914+)
Summary Combining 'the gathering of artefacts with the gathering of souls', George Brown was a key figure in the Christian, and especially the Wesleyan Methodist, history of nineteenth-century Oceania. Using his life as a case study, Helen Bethea Gardner examines the role of Christian missionaries in the Pacific Islands. Brown's career (1860-1908) spanned one of the most tumultuous political periods in the South Pacific, as one by one islands were colonised by imperial nations. He was one of the most politically engaged of all missionaries, encouraging colonial rule in the Pacific by America, Britain, Germany and, eventually, Australia and New Zealand. Originally from the north of England, he worked as a missionary in Samoa from 1860, moving to the Bismarck Archipelago (now Papua New Guinea) in 1875. From the 1880s until his retirement in 1907, he worked in Sydney as the general secretary of the Australasian Methodist Overseas Mission. Gathering for God examines Brown's missionary letters, journals and journalism, exploring how he attracted Pacific Islanders to Christian teachings, analysing his leadership during an armed attack on New Britain villages accused of cannibalism, and looking at his work in the new discipline of anthropology. He was a major collector of artefacts (his collection is now in the Osaka Museum) and photographer of Pacific peoples (his collection is in the Australian Museum).
ISBN 1877372188
Language eng
Field of Research 210313 Pacific History (excl New Zealand and Maori)
220401 Christian Studies (incl Biblical Studies and Church History)
HERDC Research category A1 Books - authored - research
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