Twelve Mighty Missionaries by Esthme Ethelind Enock [1874-1947]

Esthme Ethelind Enock [1874-1947], Twelve Mighty MissionariesEsthme Enock’s biographical sketches of 12 famous missionaries has just entered the public domain. This copy was kindly provided by Book Aid for digitisation.

In the table of contents below I have linked to the bibligraphy pages on, where you will find further material on each missionary.

Esthme Ethelind Enock [1874-1947], Twelve Mighty Missionaries. London: Pickering & Inglis, Ltd., 1936. Hbk. pp.95. [Click to visit the download page]


  1. Pastor Hsi, China
  2. James Chalmers, New Guinea
  3. Alexander Mackay, Uganda
  4. Anthony Norris Groves, India
  5. Alexander Duff, India
  6. John Williams, Erromanga
  7. Samuel Marsden, Maoriland
  8. Samuel Pollard, China
  9. Hudson Taylor, China
  10. C.T. Studd, Central Africa
  11. Dan Crawford, Central Africa
  12. Dr Richard Williams, Tierra Del Fuego

Chapter 1. Pastor Hsi, China

The exact date of Pastor Hsi’s birthday does not seem to be recorded, but he was born probably in the Autumn of 1836. Till he was seven years old the little Hsi lived the usual free life of the son of a Chinese scholar, and was encouraged in every way to be overbearing and self-willed. Then he was sent to school, a school where a shrine of Confucius occupied the place of honour. Here the boy begins the studies which, it is hoped, will make him a “Princely Man.”

But, favourable though circumstances are, they do not satisfy the heart of this boy. At the early age of eight years, as he wandered through the incense-filled Temple and gazed at the hideous idols and vivid representations of punishments and terrors beyond the grave, he would ask himself, what was the use of living. “Men find no good, and in the end—?” he said to himself….

Life and Adventures of James Chalmers, aka Tamate

Richard Lovett [1851-1904], Tamate. The Life and Adventures of a Christian HeroThis biography of James Chalmers [1841-1901], martyred missionary to Rarotonga and New Guinea, was written with young boys in mind. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing a copy of the book for digitisation. This title is in the public domain.

Richard Lovett [1851-1904], Tamate. The Life and Adventures of a Christian Hero. London: The Religious tract Society, [1904]. Hbk. pp.320. [Click to download complete book in PDF]


  • Preface
  1. A Birth of a Boy
  2. A Call and the Answer
  3. In Perils of Waters
  4. A Pirate the Pacific
  5. The Gem of the Pacific
  6. Off to New Guinea
  7. On the Brink of Death
  8. The Man with the Club
  9. Life in the Tree-tops
  10. A Cruel Revenge
  11. A Noble Savage
  12. Riding Pacific Surges
  13. Life on a Lakatoi
  14. Among the Cannibals of Maipua
  15. How New Guinea Cam under the Flag
  16. Boys whom Tamate Trained
  17. Life at Toaripi
  18. The Wreck of the ‘Harrier’
  19. How Tamate made Friends with Savages
  20. Up and down the Fly River
  21. The End of a Noble Life


James Chalmers was as brave a man as ever fought in the British Army or Navy. He was as true a hero as any Englishman who has ever been honoured by the nation for victories won in the field or on the sea. The aim of this book is to tell the story of his life in such a way as to interest boys. The main purpose of the author has been to show that Tamate, whose great aim in life was to do good to others, was as bold, as courageous, and as worthy of imitation as any explorer, man of science, soldier, or statesman whose name is famous in British annals.

It is a good thing that young readers, and especially boys, should see that a true Christian man can also be a hero. Tamate loved and served Jesus Christ himself, and from love to Christ spent all his time and strength in making known the love of Jesus to degraded cannibals and fierce savages. In this work he often endured hardship, hunger, fever, shipwreck and weary toil, and on not a few occasions risked even life itself. [Continue reading]

Pioneer Life, Work and Adventure in New Guinea with James Chalmers

James Chalmers [1841-1901]The contents of these two books by James Chalmers [1841-1901] about his work in New Guinea overlap, so I am including them both in the same post. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing me with a copy to scan. These titles are both in the Public Domain.

James Chalmers [1841-1901] & W. Wyatt Gill [1828-1896], Work Adventure in New Guinea 1877 to 1885. London: The Religious Tract Society, [1885]. Hbk. pp.288. [Click to download complete book in PDF]

James Chalmers [1841-1901], Pioneer Life and Work in New Guinea 1877-1894. London: The Religious Tract Society, 1895. Hbk. pp.255. [Click to download complete book in PDF]

Preface from Pioneer Work and Life [1895]

In 1877 the Rev. James Chalmers joined the New Guinea Mission, and his arrival formed an epoch. in its history. He is wonderfully equipped for the work to which he has, under God’s Providence, put his hand. He is the white man best known to all the natives along the south coast. From the first he had gone among them unarmed, and though not unfrequently in imminent peril, has been marvellously preserved. He has combined the qualities of missionary and explorer in a very high degree, and universally known by the natives as ‘Tamate’ (the nearest approach native lips can make to Chalmers), has added enormously to the stock of our geographical knowledge of New Guinea, and to our accurate acquaintance with the ways of thinking, the habits, superstitions, and mode of life of the various tribes of natives.

This volume contains sketches of his travels and labours in New Guinea during the years 1878 to 1894. Mr. Chalmers has made no effort to work them up into a finished book. Had he attempted· to do so, they would have never seen the light. He is more at home in his whale-boat or steam launch off the New Guinea coast than in his study, and his hand takes more readily to the tiller than to the pen. Hence the bulk of this volume is made up of extracts from journals hastily written while sitting on the platforms of New Guinea houses, surrounded by cannibals, or while resting, after a laborious day’s tramp, under a fly-tent on some outlying spur of the Owen Stanley Mountains, or while sailing along the south-eastern coast or the Fly River. Writing thus, liable to manifold interruptions, Mr. Chalmers has sought to preserve only what was essential to his purpose, viz., to record exactly what he saw and did; how the natives look and speak, and think and act; what in his judgment New Guinea needs, and how her needs can be best. [Continue reading]