1862: Missionaries were not permitted to engage in trade, or land; but some broke the rules

For example appeared that (missionary William) Moore adhered to that stipulation until the 1860s. he then sold land he owned in Australia and placed the proceeds in trust with the Wesleyan Church. This gave him the the capital to invest in Fiji which he did, beging in 1862, when her purchased ( from a Melbourne man named Thompson) a small island between Ovalau and Bau,   He was hoping the Mission chairman might buy is. “ but we cant see together, so I have to purchase this so as to have a place for a cow and some goats.  He argue that rule did not apply to him as he was buying, and “second hand from traders”.   Moore was later in 1858 to help Melbourne entrepreneurs plan the development of the Polynesian Company; this was to get very large land holdings and a Fiji banking monopoly from Cacobau in exchange for paying his US debt, and float the the Polynesian Company;on the stock market. In 1869 the New South Wales Methodost Conference removed Moore from his role as chair.
p372 Exodus of the I Taukei By Andrew Thornley, Tauga Vulaono, University of the South Pacific Institute of Pacific Studies, Institute of Pacific Studies.


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