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Baker family

Collection | Ref # MSS & Archives 2009/1 OUTSIZE | Held by Special Collections Te Tumu Herenga - Libraries and Learning Services

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Baker family


Baker family

Level of description:



0.5 metres

Reference number:

MSS & Archives 2009/1 OUTSIZE

Former NRAM reference number:



The collection consists of originals, photocopies, publications, and copies of photographs relating to Shirley Baker's activities in Tonga. Although the full record of Baker's activities lies in other archives, especially the Tongan government, Wesleyan mission, and Colonial Office records, the collection provides useful insights into the character and work of Baker and his descendants.

These documents were left to William Waldemar Powell Shirley-Rollison by his aunt Coo Baker, the last of the Shirley Baker children, who died in Tonga in the mid-1950s. They were then passed on to his sons Nigel and David upon his death in 1972. The photographs of Tongan royal memorabilia were added recently by the Shirley-Rollison family. Nigel Shirley-Rollison died in 2008.

The originals are in fragile condition and should not be consulted without the permission of the Special Collections Librarian.

Papers relating to Shirley Baker and his descendants.

Dates covered:

1852 - 1978

Access conditions:

Not restricted. Use copies (boxes 1 and 2) as the originals are in fragile condition. Originals may only be used with permission of the Special Collections Librarian.

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