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Buzacott, Aaron (1828–1881)

Aaron Buzacott's father (Aaron Buzacott snr, 1800-1864) was a central figure in the South Seas missionary work of the London Missionary Society and lived on Rarotonga between 1828 and 1857. He retired, for health reasons, to New South Wales in 1857 and died on 20 September 1864. Much of his contribution to published ethnographic knowledge of the Cook Islands, Samoa and Melanesia, was set out in a volume that was published in London in 1866, edited by his son (Aaron jnr) and J. P. Sunderland, with a preface by the Rev. Henry Allon.

His son, who styled himself Rev Aaron Buzacott BA, to distinguish his work from that of his father, became Secretary of the Anti-Slavery Society — now Anti-Slavery International — and pastor (c.1870) of the Asylum Road Congregational Chapel, later known as the Clifton Congregational Chapel, Peckham in England.

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  • Buzcott, Aaron

Tahiti, French Polynesia


9 October 1881
Lewisham, Kent, England

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