Deb Lee-Talbot

Deborah’s PhD thesis ‘Kaleidoscopic archives: finding hidden histories in the Pacific records of the Australian Joint Copying Project’ examined how London Missionary Society records were created, preserved, curated, and disseminated from 1861 to 2022. She considered how materials that originated on the mission fields of Rarotonga and Papua evolved from paper documents of remote Oceania missions to Imperial records of the LMS in London, before becoming microfilm artefacts of Australia’s post-war political and historical interests in the Australian Joint Copying Project. Paying particular attention to the AJCP phase of the LMS records, this thesis weaves analysis of documents from the mission fields and the formation of archives with the writing of Pacific histories, to explore issues of gender and identity.