The Melanesian Bishop's stamp cinderellas.

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The Melanesian Bishop's stamp cinderellas.

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I have a vague recollection that these two cinders were sent on to me by a Bishop. In the mid ninties I was seated next to one on a flight from Port Moresby to Kokopo on the Gazelle Peninsula.

We got talking about stamps and other things. Amoung the other things was his excitment about the reception he had been told to expect in New Britain. I asked what he knew about tribal receptions and parties there?

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He told me...not a lot...and asked what they were 'really like!!' I then asked him if he had ever read or seen Playboy magazine? "Inadvertently." He replied.

I told him to regard that as primary level instruction!

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Very nice items and with good value too I can assure you!

A shame he did not send you the Roasted Missionary stamp from the New Hebrides!
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Nice one. What year?

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Presbyter Coccidus or Roast Missionary Stamp of Santo, New Hebrides

The Hour Glass of June 25, 1904, was given as the source of the following letter by Melville in the Stamp Lover of february 1923:

"During a trip I made to the South Sea Islands last year I proposed to the French colonists in the New Hebrides a design for a postage stamp. My proposition, however, was only intended as a joke -- as may be seen by the rough design of one of the stamps now reproduced -- and really the fun I got out of my little joke repaid me amply for the trouble in engraving the little picture.

This represents a missionary being roasted on a spit by one of the native gentlemen of these sunny islands. 'Pesbyter Coccidus', (Roast Missionary), amused some of the colonists greatly, but one, taking my design seriously, suggested at a meeting where the subject of my proposition was being discussed that cannibalism, being a thing of the past, my design be altered to something more in keeping with the progressive state of the flourishing archipelago.

G. Collingridge."

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Roast Missionary

Only a few copies were printed by lithography with black ink on pink paper. This copy here is the ex-Collas copy, also shown in Hals/Collas p.49. According to Collas, one copy is known on cover, and all are said to have been "used".

While this item is a fantasy it has a place in the political history of the islands; the eager discussions on a stamp for the group evoked by Mr. Collingridge were a symptom of the desires for stability in the rough frontier, and the settlers siezed upon a postal system as a symbol of the stability they desired.

A preliminary report published elsewhere upon the accession of this item immediately caused a rash of fakery. People actually bought the illustration, - on slick periodical paper by typography, - in spite of the statement therein that the original was lithographed on pink paper!

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https://www.ro-klinger.de/NH/roast.htm

All from our German member here Roland Klingers site. :)

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What a shame it never went into print. When I was doing a brief background search on the two Melanesian stamps. I came across an article about a tribe from around Rabaul recently apologizing....For eating four missionaries?

It must have been the tolei people, and although the apology seemed recent. The event must have been some time ago. I must go back and see if I can find the article again. [I'd hate to think it was someone I knew!]

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ps. I just read klinger's article. Excellent.

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Tribe apologizes for cannibal ancestors

RABAUL, Papua New Guinea - Descendants of a tribe in Papua
New Guinea have apologized for the killing and eating of
four Fijian missionaries in 1878. Fiji's high commissioner
in the country, Ratu Isoa Tikoca, accepted the apologies,
saying: "We at this juncture are deeply touched and wish
you the greatest joy of forgiveness as we finally end
this record disagreement." The apology was made at a
reconciliation ceremony near Rabaul in front of thousands
of people Wednesday, Australia's Melbourne Herald Sun
reported. Tolai tribesmen killed and ate a Fijian minister
and three teachers, who were under the leadership of the
Rev. George Brown of Britain, in 1878, said The (London)
Telegraph.
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Thanks muruk. That must have been the article I came across as it mentions the tolei,[or tolai] by name.

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One letter can make a big difference.

A parish priest in Port Moresby when I was there often had his audience bite their tongue when he recounted that on many occasion he had seen a fourteen foot pekpek leisurely swimming up the Sepik river.





For non Tokpisin speakers ... his intended message was pukpuk (= crocodile) ... his actual message was faeces.
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muruk. Tok pisin. Pukpuk na bilong Tolei. Krocodil bilong Tolei!

Near the old airport at Rabaul two boys asked me to move a salty. I said shoo! It moved. I beat both boys back!!!

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Here's another "Melanesian Mission" cinderella stamp, titled "Melanesian Belle":
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It's 40 x 26.5 mm in size.
Is it valuable?

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In response to Glen having a group of these cinderellas for sale, I was curious as to their history. They were issued in sheets of 24, one in 1938; the other in 1949. It appears the full sheets are scarce -- I was unable to find either one currently listed for sale.

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Regarding cannibalism, a college classmate of my dad vanished on an expedition to New Guinea in 1961 and was assumed to have been eaten.

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It may surprise some to know that the Melanesian Mission Trust is still active and based in Auckland with assets of NZ$200+ million, mostly in land; and annual income of about NZ$7 million.

The money supports the Anglican church's work in the Solomon's and thereabouts.

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Greaden wrote:
01 Jul 2021 13:11
Regarding cannibalism, a college classmate of my dad vanished on an expedition to New Guinea in 1961 and was assumed to have been eaten.
Supposedly, the Asmat killed and ate Michael Rockefeller in 1961. Guess they liked rich food. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Rockefeller

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