Unidentified artist, late 1800s
The Reverend James Calvert (1813-1892) and his wife Mary were a Wesleyan missionary couple in Fiji. He and his wife landed at Lakemba in 1838 and remained in Fiji for the next seventeen years. They were instrumental in the conversion of Cakobau, the most powerful chief in the Fijian islands. Later, Calvert served as missionary in the Diamond Fields of South Africa.
See also Cakobau's traditional Fijian war club and the Fijian priests' dish in the Online Collection.