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Part 1 The Making of a Missionary
I Early days
II College

Part 2 On Active Service
I First Days on the Field
II The Duke of Yorks

Part 3 Second Term
I Furlough
II "A Great Mission Scheme"

Part 4 "Home From Sea"

1. Trephining in the South Seas, by J.A. Crump
2. A Diary entry for 28th June 1895 by J.A. Crump.


When I first dipped into Jack Crump's diaries, I was quickly attracted to this man and wanted to know more of him. My further explorations led me to meet members of his family, some of his former students and people in New Britain whose families had preserved the memory of a beloved missionary couple. There was a growing sense of kinship.

My wife and I, like Jack and Alice Crump, had gone out to missionary service at the beginning of our married lives. Though we had served more than half a century later, the devastation of a war had given us an experience of poor communications, lack of resources, and many of the frustrations which they had experienced before us.

Jack Crump was a man of his times. While he shared the ideals of his contemporaries, he also shared their limitations. It is the measure of the man that he was able to rise above those limitations and by the grace of God, lay foundations on which the Church in the area has built. The New Guinea Islands Region of the United Church in Papua New Guinea should know more of this man, and so should the Church from which he went out - New Zealand Methodism. So this story is being produced in the year in which Papua New Guinea celebrates a century of service and witness by the Methodist Church to that country.

This study was originally given in a very much condensed form as the Wesley Historical Society Lecture in November 1973.

My grateful thanks are due to members of the Crump family, Mrs Konini Mansfield, Mrs Aloha Moss, Mrs Meme Williams and Mr Wilt Crump for permission to use the diaries and other documents; to Mrs. L.G. White of Nelson who helped and encouraged me; to Miss J.W. Downs, the Revs. N. Threlfall & G.I. Laurenson who read the manuscript and made many valuable suggestions. The inadequacies of the work are entirely due to the author, and the limits imposed by time and cost on a booklet of this nature.

G.G. Carter