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The LMS pattern quickly became dominant, but the x! D. Freeman, 'The Joe Gimlet or Siovili Cult', inj. D. Freeman and W. R. ), Anthropology in the South Seas (New Plymouth, 1959). 32 A History of the Churches in Australasia Cook Islands (1983). (Source: R. ), Politics in Polynesia, Suva, 1983, p. 155. ) Tongan Wesleyan District countered by sending Peter Turner to Manono in 1835. By 1839, when he was withdrawn, he had been so successful that he reported 3,000 members and 13,000 hearers attending eighty chapels.
Relationships with colonial authorities were also, of necessity, much closer than with government in Britain, because of the small size of communities, and the emergence of a more democratic and egalitarian temper which limited possibilities for social distance. Whether welcomed or not, the churches were a significant part of the colony's public life, and contributed substantially to the development of a free citizenry. THE AUSTRALASIAN REGION In the nineteenth century the term 'Australasia' was sometimes used of the Australian and New Zealand colonies.
42 Heyerdahl's and Langdon's theory of migration and Spanish influence from South America cannot be entirely ruled out, for the kumara (or sweet potato) could not have swum unaided to Polynesia. South East Asia appears a more likely major source of migration. Linguistic similarities stretch across Polynesia, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia, to Madagascar. Melanesia and Australia have an astonishing variety of languages, falling into two groups labelled Austronesian and non-Austronesian, with little relation to the Polynesian-Malay family.