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Chalmers, James

(August 4, 1841–April 8, 1901). B. Scot.; son of stonemason; blessed with rugged physique, courage, and abundant energy; called “Great Heart of New Guinea” by R. L. Stevenson. Sent to Rarotonga, Cook Is., by LMS 1866; went to New Guinea 1877; made explorations and est. chain of miss. stations along coast; landed with Oliver Tomkins and others on Goaribari Is., where they were clubbed to death and eaten by natives. Wrote Work and Adventure in New Guinea; Pioneering in New Guinea; Pioneer Life and Work in New Guinea, 1877–1894.

James Chalmers: His Autobiography and Letters, ed. R. Lovett, 5th ed. (London, 1903); K. Moxon, Tamate, Peacemaker of New Guinea (Washington, 1960); W. Robson, James Chalmers of New Guinea (London, [1933]).


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