Journals and Papers of Reverend Charles Baker

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: 33

Year of registration: 2018

Location: Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, Auckland, New Zealand

Further information: Auckland War Memorial Museum

Baker’s first journal opens on 2 January 1827 as he is about to embark on his journey to New Zealand as a missionary with the Anglican Church Missionary Society. He writes: “I certainly expect many trials and difficulties in the Missionary field, therefore I feel that it is needful to beseech God to give me an increase of faith, so that I may stand steadfast.” After a short stay in Australia, Baker arrived in Paihia, Bay of Islands, in 1828. His journals chronicle the next 39 years of his life and work in Aotearoa, charting a time of immense cultural and societal change.

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