The story of a unique family saga


I am deeply indebted to Pam Vowles from England who has meticulously researched the Marsters family tree and also provided a wealth of other valuable information.  I would also like to thank William's great great granddaugher, Yolande Browne (now deceased) from New Zealand  for her research and detaled family knowledge, and the Davies family of France who did valuable research in the UK's national archives, subsequently supplemented by my own research.

Books and other publications

Sisters in the Sun by A.S. Helm an W.H. Percival, published by Robert Hale and Company, 1973
Jottings from the Pacific by W. Wyatt Gill B.A. , published by the Religious Tract Society, 1885
Discoverers of the Cook Islands and the Names they Gave by Alphons M.J. Kloosterman, Cook Islands Library and Museum - Bulletin 1, second revised and augmented edition, 1976
Sabine Ehrhart-Kneher's paper on the linqustics of Palmerston is included in the "Atlas of Languages of Intercultural Communication in the Pacific, Asia and the Americas"  volume II.I, published by Walter de Gruyter, 1996
Cruise of the Dream Ship by Ralph Stock, First published in the Crown Library, 1931 by William Heinemann Ltd
Fischer, Steven Roger (1998) "Palmerston Island: End of the "British Ariki"?," Rapa Nui Journal: Journal of the Easter Island Foundation: Vol. 12 : Iss. 2 , Article 2.


Newspaper extracts referenced are from the National Library of New Zealand, the National Library of Australia and my own personal cuttings collection

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