Marist and Pacific Mission History

The books included in the Marist and Pacific Mission History project are listed in the following Word documents.  The multiple documents take account that this has been a work in progress.  Should you notice any mistakes, please notify me at andrewmurraysm [at] The second major update was launched on 2 February 2021.

First Posting as Sent: a PacificMissionLibrary

First List (June 2020): PacificMissionLibrary_1

Second List (February 2021): PacificMissionLibrary_2

Consolidated List: PDF: PacificMissionLibrary_C   Word file: PacificMissionLibrary_C

For the books that were scanned into PDF format, there are now two versions – the original large file and a smaller file of reduced resolution.  The smaller file is quite readable and likely to be more useful.  The file name of the smaller file has the suffix: _S. References to small files are in blue. References to large files are in green. Links to the actual downloads are in red.

Marist Pacific Mission History – English

Breheret sm, Jean-Baptiste. The Levuka Journal 1866 to 1888. Translated from the original French manuscript by John Crispin sm. Suva: CEPAC, 2016.
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Burke fms, Roger. St Peter Chanel 1803 – 1841. Gladstone Qld: Parish of Gladstone, 1988.
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Chanel sm, Peter. Ever your Poor Brother: Surviving Letters and Futuna Journal. Translated by William Joseph Stuart and Anthony Ward sm. Rome: Publications of the General Archives of the Society of Mary, 1991.
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Christieson sm, Karin. In a Hidden Manner: The Story of the Marists Sisters in Aotearoa-New Zealand. Auckland: Marist Sisters of NZ Trust board, 2011.
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Clisby fms, Edward. Far Distant Shores: The Marist Brothers of the Schools in New Zealand, Samoa, Fiji, Tonga and Kiribati 1838-2013.  Auckland: New Zealand Marist Brothers Trust Board: 2017.
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Clisby fms, Edward. Marist Brothers and the Maori 1838 – 1988. Hillsborough NZ: Marist Publications, 2001.
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Decker sm, Charles F. Saving the Solomons: From the Diary Account of Mother Mary Rose smsm. Bedford MA: The Marist Missions, 1948.
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Delbos msc, Georges. The Catholic Church in New Caledonia: A Century and a Half of History. English translation by Derek Finlay sm. Nouméa: CEPAC 2001.
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Delbos msc, Georges. The Catholic Church in Wallis and Futuna (1837 – 2004). Suva: CEPAC, 2004.
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Deniau sm, Alfred. The Catholic Church in Fiji 1844 – 1886. Translated from the French Manuscript by John Crispin. Suva: Fr John Crispin sm, 2013.
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Doyle fms, Brother Alban. The Story of the Marist Brothers in Australia 1872 – 1972. Sydney: The Marist Brothers of the Schools, 1972.
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Fitzgerald, Michael and François Grossin sm. Alive in Memory: A Biographic Necrology of Oceania Marist Province 1836 – 2011. Revised 4th edition. Suva: Oceania Marist Province, 2011.
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Gilmore, Florence (translator). The Martyr of Futuna: Blessed Peter Chanel of the Society of Mary. New York: Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America, 1917.
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Graystone sm, Philip. Saint Peter Chanel sm: First Martyr of the South Pacific. Norfolk: Marist Fathers, England, 1994.
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Hosie, John. Challenge: The Marists in Colonial Australia. Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 1987.
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Lambert sm, Francis. One Hundred Years of Mission: The Catholic Church in New Hebrides – Vanuatu. Port Vila: Diocese of Port Villa, 1987.
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Laracy, Hugh. Marists and Melanesians: A History of Marist Missions in the Solomon Islands. Canberra: ANU Press, 1976. (Includes missions in South and North Solomon Islands.)
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McBride sm, Joan C. A Constant Gospel in a Changing Church: Marist Sisters in Fiji 1892 – 1990. Revised Thesis from University of New England, 1991.
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McBride sm, Joan C. When we are Weak Then we are Strong: A History of the Marist Sisters in Australia 1907 – 1984. Haberfield, NSW: Marist Sisters, 2006.
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McCane fms, Lawrence. Melanesian Stories: Marist Brothers in Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea 1845 – 2003. Madang: Marist Brothers, 2004.
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McHardy sm, Emmet. Blazing the Trail: Letters from the North Solomons. Edited by Eileen Duggan. Sydney: Thomas Wade sm DD, 1935.
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McMurrich sm, Peter. Not Angels, nor Men Confirmed in Grace: The Marists in Post-Federation Australia, 1892-1938. Sydney: Revised MA Thesis, 2008.
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McMurrich sm, Peter. The Harmonising Influence of Religion: St Patrick’s Church Hill, 1840 to the Present. Sydney: Patrick Books, 2011.
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Mijolla smsm, Marie Cécile de and Amelia Tufale pfm. From Vendée to the Ends of the Earth: Sister Marie de la Croix (1831 – 1908) Missionary in New Caledonia. Translated by Julienne Hayes-Smith smsm. Rome: Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary, 2008.
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Mijolla smsm, Marie Cécile de. Origins in Oceania: Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary 1845 – 1931. Rome: Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary, 1984.
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Mijolla smsm, Marie Cécile de. Une Lyonnaise: Marie Françoise Perroton (1796 – 1873) Missionnaire en Océanie; A Woman from Lyons: Marie Françoise Perroton (1796 – 1873) Missionary in Oceania. Translated from the French by Yvette Marie Mizzi and Marie Lamerand smsm. Rome: Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary, 1997.
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Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary. The Vocation of the Pioneers: At the Origins of the Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary. Rome: Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary, 2005.
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O’Brien smsm, Claire. A Greater than Solomon Here: A story of Church in Solomon Islands. Honiara: Catholic Church of Solomon Islands, 1995.
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O’Brien smsm, Claire. To Celebrate My Son: A History of the Marist Missionary Sisters. Sydney: SMSM, 1989.
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Raucaz sm, L. M. In the Savage South Solomons: A Story of a Mission. Unstated: The Society for the Propagation of the Faith, 1928,
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Roach sm, Kevin J. Venerable Jean-Claude Colin and the Mission in New Zealand, 1838-1848. Second edition. Edited by Gaston Lessard sm and Andrew Murray sm. Wellington: Society of Mary, 2021.
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Roulleaux, Francois and Jean-Baptiste Breheret sm. The Mission of Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows: Lakeba, Fiji 1844-1855. Translated from the French by John Crispin sm. Suva: John Crispin, 2015.
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Symes sm, W. J. The Life of St. Peter Chanel: The Marist Missionary Martyr. Boston, Catholic Printing Company, 1963.
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Unknown. The Marist Missions in the South Seas. Lyon: Librairie Emmanuel Vitte, 1931.
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Van de Wert fms, Kees. Marist Brothers Novitiate Lomeri Fiji: 25 Years 1971 – 1996. Lomeri: Marist Brothers, 1996.
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Wiltgen, Ralph M. The Founding of the Roman Catholic Church in Oceania 1825 – 1850. Canberra: ANU Press, 1979.
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Marist Pacific Mission History – French

Blanc sm, Joseph. Histoire Religieuse de L’Archipel Fidjien. Vol 1. Toulon: Sainte-Jeanne d’Arc, 1926.
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Blanc sm, Joseph. L’heritage d’un évěque d’Océanie. Toulon: Jeanne d’Arc, 1921.
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Chanel sm, Pierre. Écrits de S. Pierre Chanel. Ědités par Claude Rozier sm. Rome: Les Peres Maristes, 1960.
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Delbos msc, Georges. L’Église Catholique au Vanuatu. Suva: CEPAC, 2001.
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Delbos msc, Georges. L’Église Catholique en Nouvelle-Calédonie: Un Siècle et demi d’histoire. Paris: Éditions Desclée, 1993.
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Delbos, Georges. L’Église Catholique À Wallis et Futuna (1837 – 2004). Suva: CEPAC, 2004.
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Douceré sm, Victor. La Mission Catholique aux Nouvelles Hébrides. Lyon: Emanuel Vitte, 1934.
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Gilibert, Jean sm. Voyage sans Retour: Missionnaire Mariste chez les Kanaks de 1858 à 1891. Transcription et notice biographique par Marie-Louise Gondal. Introduction historique et annotations par Frédéric Angleviel. Suva: CEPAC, 2007.
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Lanfrey fms, André. ‘Frère Joseph Chatelet (Frère Hyacinthe) – 1817-1847’. In Joseph Ronzon, Frères Maristes en Océanie, pp. 89 à 95 (unpublished manuscript).
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Lanfrey fms, André. ‘Le F. Hyacinthe dans la Société de Marie’.  Manuscript, 2020.
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Mijolla smsm, Marie Cécile de and Amelia Tufale pfm. Une Vendéenne au bout du monde: Soeur Marie do la Croix (1831-1908) Missionnaire en Nauvelle Calédonie. Rome: Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary, 2008.
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Mijolla smsm, Marie Cécile de. Les Pionnières Maristes en Océanie: aux origines des soeurs missionnaires de la Société de Marie 1845 – 1931. Rome: Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary, 1980.
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Mijolla smsm, Marie Cécile de. Une Lyonnaise: Marie Françoise Perroton (1796 – 1873) Missionnaire en Océanie; A Woman from Lyons: Marie Françoise Perroton (1796 – 1873) Missionary in Oceania. Translated from the French by Yvette Marie Mizzi and Marie Lamerand smsm. Rome: Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary, 1997.
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Ronzon fms, Joseph. De Saint Laurent d’Agny à l’île de Futuna, Jean-Marie Delorme, F. Marie Nizier: Compagnon de Mission de St Pierre Chanel Prêtre Mariste Martyr. Digital Version. St Genis-Laval: La Province de France, 1996.
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Rozier sm, Claude. L’Église sur le Caillou: Avant les Communards. Nouméa: Ile de Lumière, 1997.
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Rozier sm, Claude. La Nouvelle-Calédonie Ancienne. Paris: Fayard, 1990.
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Rumain, René (ed). Lettres du Père Paul Monnier à sa familie (1950-1996). Suva: Bluebird Printery, 2008.
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Sacco, Paul. Lettres du Père Albert Sacco à sa famille. Suva: CEPAC, 2013.
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Secondy, Louis. Xavier Montrouzier (1820 – 1897). Suva: CEPAC, 2112.
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Other Missions

Calvert, James. Fiji and the Fijians: Mission History. Volume 2. First published 1858. Suva; Fiji Museum, 2003.
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Close-Barry, Kirstie. A Mission Divided: Race, Culture, and Colonialism in Fiji’s Methodist Mission. Canberra: ANU Press, 2013.
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Findlay, G.G. and W. W. Holdsworth. The History of the Wesleyan Methodist Mission Society. Volume 3. London: the Epworth Press, 1921. (Includes missions to Australia, New Zealand and the Islands of the South Seas.)
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Latukefu, Sione. Church and State in Tonga: The Wesleyan Methodist Missionaries and Political Development 1822-1875. Canberra: ANU Press, 1974.
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Lovett, Richard MA. The History of the London Missionary Society, 1795 – 1895. Volume 1. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1899. (Includes the mission to Polynesia.)
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Lovett, Richard MA. The History of the London Missionary Society, 1795 – 1895. Volume 2. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1899.
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Williams, Thomas. Fiji and the Fijians: The Islands and their Inhabitants. Volume 1. Edited by George Stringer Rowe. First published 1858. Suva Fiji Museum, 1982.
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Other Works

Laracy, Hugh. Watriama & Co: Further Pacific Islands Portraits. Canberra: ANU E Press, 2013.
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Nunn, Patrick D, and Roselyn Kumar. ‘Origins and Environments’. The Routledge International Handbook of Island Studies. June 1981.
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Nunn, Patrick D, Lalit Kumar, Ian Eliot, and Roger F. McLean. ‘Classifying Pacific Islands’. Geoscience Letters 3/7 (2016). Springer Open Access.
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Pirard, Cassian. ‘New Caledonia: Geology and Mining’. ANU Chapter Upload, 2007.
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Rasilly sm, Moseniolo Kilano de. Aki Te Tu’i: Tou Fai Kole. Suva: CEPAC, 2015.
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Regan, Anthony J and Helga M Griffin (editors). Bougainville before the Conflict. Canberra: ANU eView, 2015.
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Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Taisi Efi et al. Pacific Indigenous Dialogue on Faith, Peace, Reconciliation and Good Governance. Apia: Alafua Campus Continuing and Community Education Programme, The University of the South Pacific, 2007.
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Further Sources

Additional books in the Marist Series with ATF Press are available at:

The Marist Studies Website carries other materials:

The Australian National University Press publishes many works on the Pacific Island region and has a policy of open access to its publications: ANU Press