Reassessing the death of Bishop John Coleridge Patteson

  title={Reassessing the death of Bishop John Coleridge Patteson},
  author={Thorgeir Storesund Kolshus and Even Hovdhaugen},
  journal={The Journal of Pacific History},
  pages={331 - 355}
The killing of the first Bishop of Melanesia, John Coleridge Patteson, in 1871, on tiny Nukapu island in the Reef Islands of what today is the Temotu Province of Solomon Islands, is a central event in the mission history of the Western Pacific and continues to be a key narrative within Anglican Melanesia. In the standard explanations, Patteson's killing was retaliation for the alleged kidnapping of five Nukapu men by labour traders. Here, this interpretation is questioned. By scrutinising… 
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