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John Geddie

1815-1872. Pioneer Presbyterian missionary to the New Hebrides Islands. Born in Banff, Scotland, his family emigrated to Nova Scotia in the following year. He became interested in missions at a very early age. After ordination he was instrumental in getting his small denomination to undertake a mission of its own. He became its first missionary, sailing from the USA in January 1847. As founder of the New Hebrides Mission, he labored amid great difficulties on the island of Aneityum. After his death in 1872, a memorial was placed in the mission church with these words: “When he landed in 1848 there were no Christians here, and when he left in 1872 there were no heathen.”