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Walter George Ivens

Walter George Ivens was one of the greatest linguists and anthropologists of the Melanesian Mission (q.v.). Born in 1871 in New Zealand, son of George Ivens (a farmer) and Caroline (Nee Pye), he was educated at Christ's College (1884-1889), and at the University of New Zealand where he earned a B.A. and, in 1984, an M.A. Initially an Anglican priest in New Zealand (1894-1895) he became a missionary on Ulawa and Small Malaita for the Diocese of Melanesia (q.v.) (1895-1909). In 1899, he married...See more