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Journals and Papers of Reverend Charles Baker


Through his writings Charles Baker describes and records a rapidly changing world through moments of cross-cultural interaction and exchange between Māori and the growing European population, beginning in the late 1820s.

Baker’s first journal opens on 2 January 1827 as he is about to embark on his journey to New Zealand as a missionary with the Anglican Church Missionary Society. He writes:

“I certainly expect many trials and difficulties in the Missionary field, therefore I feel that it is needful to beseech God to give me an increase of faith, so that I may stand steadfast.”

After a short stay in Australia, Baker arrived in Paihia, Bay of Islands, in 1828. His journals chronicle the next 39 years of his life and work in Aotearoa, charting a time of immense cultural and societal change.

Archive Location


Catalogue Record

Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, Auckland, New Zealand


Nina Finigan, Curator Manuscripts at Auckland Museum, talk about the collection