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Hilliard Family Letters

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MS 00072

Content Description

About 80 letters and a small diary of the family of Pastor Edward Hilliard, missionaries to the Tonga in the South Pacific, Melbourne, Australia, Tazmania, and Bangalore, India. The Hilliards were the first Seventh Day Adventist missionaries to the island of Tongo in 1895. Edward and his wife built a home and established a school while there. They also brought two Tongan boys into their home to train them to become future missionaries. The letters focus on the teaching the family does as their missionary outreach, describes the scenery of their locations, the poverty of the people of their locations, mission life in general.


  • Creation: 1882 - 1937


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Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository