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Cook Islands Christian Church Archives Project

Posted on 10 September 2012 Gavin Glenn

In April and May this year, Linda Turton, a library assistant at Camden Theological Library, travelled with the UCA Assembly archivist, Christine Gordon, to the Cook Islands, to work with the Cook Islands Christian Church at its headquarters, Takamoa, in the island of Rarotonga.

Above: Linda Turton, Christine Gordon,
Vaine Tutavake, Tangata Vainerere

The project was to assist the CICC in the initiation and development of their archives collection, to provide training for their newly appointed archivist, Vaine Tutavake, and to advise on the museum collection and the library of the Takamoa Theological College.


CICC is a partner church with the Uniting Church in Australia. The UnitingWorld Experience volunteer program provides opportunities to participate in God’s mission by sharing and serving with partner churches. Linda brought to the task her strong interest in the history of missions in the Pacific, her appreciation of the value of primary documents for religious identity and research, and the strengths of her undergraduate studies in social anthropology and theology.


Members of Linda’s family, husband Paul Greig and son Maximilian Greig (Max has worked for Camden Theological Library and the Archives in the recent past) also took the trip, treating it as a cultural heritage time as they are New Zealand and Australian born Cook Islanders.

A display of some material from the Cook Islands together with a DVD showing some pictures from Linda's trip is currently on show in the library. Please take the opportunity to come in for a visit and see this.

Linda & Vaine placing completed files into an archive box
Linda Turton & Vaine Tutavake putting completed files into an archive box

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