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A plaque commemorates John Palmer, who brought the first Melanesian scholars to Norfolk Island in 1866.

The first scholars of the Melanesian Mission, sixteen boys, from the islands arrived in charge of the Rev. John Palmer in October, 1866, and settled three miles west of the Pitcairn Settlement. The rest of the mission party lived at St. John's College, and afterwards at Kopimarama, about six miles from Auckland. A building was erected at once by Mr. Palmer, and by April of the following year land was planted and fenced, and preparations made to receive the wholeparty with Bishop Patteson. 


Address:Douglas Drive, St. Barnabas Chapel, Norfolk Island, 2899
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -29.034207
Long: 167.927854
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People


Front Inscription

"To the Glory of God and in loving and thankful Memory of John Palmer, Archdeacon of Southern Melanesia, Bachelor of Divinity, who for forty years served God in this Mission, mostly in the Banks Islands and in this place, with a single mind and faithful labour.

He died at Auckland, March 12, 1902, aged 64 years."

"O tanun anan GOD we nun, o gagapalag alo loglue we kokomag, we lolo vatawasai, O meremanas, O meretape, gate mot ilo mon O tinegaro sin pirin iake wa i siwo gai mate. Aia matai rowrowovag."

(Translation: A true man of God, and faithful worker in the Church, single hearted, obedient, loving, who laboured zealously both here and in the islands until his death-- Well done, good servant.)

Source: AHO, MA
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