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A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

Author: William Brown Churchward

Author: William Brown Churchward (1844–1920)

Biography: William Brown Churchward was born 1844, the son of Joseph George Churchward, a minor landowner in England. He was educated in private schools and in France, joined the army, saw service in New Zealand, hunted diamonds in South Africa, and raised sheep in Tasmania. In 1882, Churchward became the British Consul in Apia, Samoa, and deputy commissioner for the western Pacific. His notable achievement in his brief tenure was the introduction of cricket to the islands. On his return to England, he published My Consulate in Samoa (1887) and "Blackbirding" in the South Pacific (1888). Churchward wrote a novel set in Australia, Jem Peterkin's Daughter (1892). He married in 1905 and died in 1920.

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References: B. Stoddard and K. Sandiford, The Imperial Game (Manchester, 1998)

Fiction Titles:

  1. "Blackbirding" in the South Pacific: or, The First White Man on the Beach.  1 vol.  London: Swan Sonnenschein, 1888.
  2. Jem Peterkin's Daughter: An Antipodean Novel.  3 vol.  London: Swan Sonnenschein, 1892.