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Saville, Alfred Thomas

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0102 CWM/LMS South Seas Personal Box 6
Held at: School of Oriental and African Studies
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Full title: Saville, Alfred Thomas
Date(s): 1853-1888
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 box
Name of creator(s): Saville | Alfred Thomas | 1839-1915 | missionary


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born in Birmingham, England, 1839; studied at Airedale College and at Highgate; appointed London Missionary Society (LMS) missionary to Huahine in the South Pacific; was ordained and married Elizabeth Anne Marston (1835-1903), 1865; sailed in the mission ship the John Williams II, arriving at Adelaide and proceeding to Sydney, Australia, then to Aneiteum, where the ship ran aground and returned to Sydney for repairs, 1866; Neville and other passengers remained at Aneiteum; visited the Loyalty Islands and arrived at Niue, 1866; left Niue for Samoa and proceeded to Huahine, 1867; following the failure of his health, left Tahiti for England, 1874; retired from the LMS, having taken the pastorate of the Congregational chapel at Rye, Sussex, 1878; became pastor of the Congregational chapel at Hailsham, 1905; retired from the ministry and died at St Leonards, 1915. His son, William James Viritahitemauvai Saville (1873-1948), was also a LMS missionary to the South Seas, and his daughter, Lillie Emma Valineetua Saville (1869-1911), was an LMS medical missionary to China.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers, 1853-1888, of Alfred Thomas Saville, comprising diaries, 1853-1854, 1859-1888, including descriptions of his experiences at Airedale College, Highgate, in Huahine, and at Rye; answers to Ordination Questions, 1865; instructions from the London Missionary Society (LMS), 1866; two letters to his family and a letter from Reverend William George Lawes, 1867-1868; two draft letters to Dr Mullens at LMS headquarters, 1868-1869.

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Conditions governing reproduction:

No publication without written permission. Apply to archivist in the first instance.

Finding aids:

Unpublished handlist to file level.

Archival Information

Archival history:

The papers were deposited with the London Missionary Society and form part of the special series of personal papers of individual LMS missionaries and officers.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited on permanent loan with the records of the London Missionary Society by the Congregational Council for World Mission (later Council for World Mission) in 1973.

Allied Materials

Related material:

The School of Oriental and African Studies holds the records of the London Missionary Society (Ref: CWM/LMS), including letters from individual missionaries, among them Saville (Ref: CWM/LMS South Seas Incoming Correspondence); his candidate's papers (Ref: CWM/LMS Candidates' Papers Box 14 No 33); his LMS journal of the voyage on board the John Williams, 1866 (Ref: CWM/LMS South Seas Journals Box 10 File 156); his report from Huahine, 1872 (Ref: CWM/LMS South Seas Reports Box 1 File 7); and various papers relating to his son, William, and daughter, Lillie.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Rachel Kemsley as part of the RSLP AIM25 project. Source: LMS Register of Missionaries, ed James Sibree.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Mar 2002

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