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Chalmers & Tompkins Memorial Font : 22-07-2013
Chalmers & Tompkins Memorial Font : 22-07-2013

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A marble font dedicated to the missionaries Reverend James Chalmers and Reverend Oliver Tomkins killed in British New Guinea in 1901.  The subscription for the memorial font was raised from amongst all sectors of the Thursday Island community, not just Anglicans.

In 1877 Chalmers was sent to New Guinea, then almost an unknown land, and with his wife arrived at Port Moresby on 22 October 1877. During the following nine years he explored much of southern New Guinea, often in danger of his life, everywhere the peace-maker. In 1885 Work and Adventure in New Guinea 1877 to 1885, written in collaboration with W. Wyatt Gill, was published in London, and in 1886 under Chalmers`s name appeared Adventures in New Guinea. A year later Pioneering in New Guinea was published. In 1901 he was on a vessel with Tomkins near the island of Goariebari, and was visited by natives who appeared to be in a dangerous mood. Chalmers resolved to go ashore and Tomkins insisted on going with him. Both men were killed on 7 April 1901.

Location

Address:Douglas Street, Quetta All Souls Memorial Cathedral, Thursday Island, 4875
State:QLD
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -10.584327
Long: 142.215098
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Religion
Approx. Event Start Date:07-April-1901
Approx. Event End Date:07-April-1901
Link: http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/adbonl…

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 9th November, 1902
Front Inscription

To the glory of God AND IN MEMORY OF THE REV, JAMES CHALMERS ("TAMATE") OF THE LONDON MISSIONARY SOCIETY WHO TOGETHER WITH THE REV. O.F. TOMKINS WAS KILLED BY THE NATIVES OF GUARIBARI, BRITISH NEW GUINEA ON THE 8th APRIL 1901 AFTER A LIFE OF DEVOTED SERVICE

ERECTED BY HIS FRIENDS AT THURSDAY ISLAND,

OCTOBER 1902

 

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