Name of creator(s): Turpie | Roger | fl 1872-1894 | mariner
Administrative/Biographical history: Roger Turpie was Captain of the London Missionary Society (LMS) ship the John Williams.
Several mission ships served LMS mission stations in the South Seas, itinerating among the islands. A succession of these ships was named John Williams (after the famous missionary), the first of them launched in 1844, and the fourth, a steamship, in 1893. The John Williams became a feature of the LMS's educational service, and an annual New Year offering for the ship became an important part of the Society's income, including gifts from children.
Immediate source of acquisition: Acquired in 1993.
CONTENT AND STRUCTURE
Scope and content/abstract: Letter, 1894, from Roger Turpie to the London Missionary Society concerning his expenses while in Britain, with printed Young People's Missionary Letter, 'Our New Steamer', by Capt Turpie and others , on launching the John Williams (IV).
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ACCESS AND USE
Conditions governing access: Unrestricted.
Conditions governing reproduction: No publication without written permission. Apply to archivist in the first instance.
Physical characteristics: The letter was damaged and has been repaired.
Finding aids: Collection level description.
Related material: The School of Oriental and African Studies holds the records of the London Missionary Society (Ref: CWM/LMS), including a photograph of the grave of Roger Turpie (Ref: CWM/LMS South Seas Photographs Box 5), and material relating to mission ships.
Archivist's note: Compiled by Rachel Kemsley as part of the RSLP AIM25 project. Source: Norman Goodall, A History of the London Missionary Society 1895-1945 (1954), pp 409-11, 547, on mission ships; for Roger Turpie: http://site.archivenet.gov.au/mariners
Date(s) of descriptions: Jul 2002