Event: Lavinia Massacre


The crew of the trading schooner Lavinia was massacred at Nggela in 1872 while the ship was anchored at Tiba collecting bĂȘche-de-mer. The captain was away in a boat and some of the crew were ashore. All were killed. One leader of the attack was Pathea, an early Melanesian Mission student who had travelled to New Zealand, and another participant was Musua, the brother of Charles Sapibuana (q.v.) who became an Anglican clergyman and was back on Nggela at the time. (SCL 15 Aug. 1898, 5)

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  • Southern Cross Log (SCL). Details