The archaeology of missions and missionisation in Australasia and the Pacific


  • Stuart Bedford
  • James L Flexner The University of Sydney
  • Martin Jones


This collection, dedicated to Angela Middleton, comprises eight papers centred around missions and missionisation located across a vast region primarily composed of sea and islands. Case studies span mainland Australia, the Torres Strait and the far corners of the Pacific, including Vanuatu (the former New Hebrides), the Tuamotu Islands, Guam and New Zealand, the place where Angela’s career and influence began. The complexity and depth of Christian missionisation across Australasia and the Pacific is demonstrated by the time depth and variety of Christian denominations that are represented in these contributions. They include Spanish and French Catholics, in Guam and the Tuamotu archipelago respectively, the Protestant London Missionary Society in the Torres Strait, Wesleyans in western Australia and New Zealand, and Presbyterians in Vanuatu.

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Bedford, S., Flexner, J. L. and Jones, M. (2020) “The archaeology of missions and missionisation in Australasia and the Pacific”, Journal of Pacific Archaeology, 11(2), pp. 7–10. Available at: (Accessed: 21 May 2024).




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