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|John Coleridge Patteson|
|Bishop and Martyr|
|Born||1 April 1827, England|
|Died|| 20 September 1871, Nukapu,|
|Venerated in||Anglican Communion|
Patteson was educated at The King's School, Ottery St Mary, Eton and then Balliol College, Oxford. He was ordained in 1853 in the Church of England. His old tutor at Eton, George Augustus Selwyn, was the first Bishop of New Zealand, and he persuaded Patteson to become a missionary to the South Seas. In 1855 Patteson set out to found the Melanesian Mission. He founded a college on Norfolk Island for native boys, toured the islands on the ship Southern Cross, and learned many of the local languages. In 1861 he was made Bishop of Melanesia.
On 20 September 1871 he was murdered on the island of Nukapu in the Solomon Islands, where he had landed alone. Natives killed him as revenge against the abduction of some natives by white men months earlier. His death became a cause celebre in England and increased interest both in missionary work and in improvement of the working conditions in Melanesia.
- Dictionary of New Zealand Biography
- Life of John Coleridge Patteson by Charlotte Mary Yonge
- Bishop Patteson the first bishop of Melanesia
- Documents by and about Patteson from Project Canterbury
- Life by Charlotte Yonge
- Biographical entry from Volume V20, Page 937 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica
- The Death of Bishop Patteson
|Bishop of Melanesia|
| Succeeded by|
John Richardson Selwyn