Biographical entry: Mary Leon, Sister (1884 - 1963)

14 September 1963


Born in France in 1884, Sister Mary Leon made her religious vows in 1906 and the same year arrived in the Solomon Islands, the third missionary sister of the Society of Mary. She lived first at the mission headquarters at Rua Sura, Guadalcanal and later moved to Visale in west Guadalcanal to open the Protectorate's first Catholic girls' school. Except for the Second World War, when she was evacuated to New Caledonia, she spent fifty-four years on Guadalcanal and never returned to France. She died on 14 September 1963 at the Catholic Mission at Tanagai. (NS 31 Dec. 1963; Pollard and Waring 2010, 11-12)

Published resources

Edited Books

  • Pollard, Alice A., and Waring, Marilyn J. (eds), Being the First: Storis Blong Oloketa Mere Lo Solomon Aelan, RAMSI and Institute of Public Policy and Pacfici Media Centre, AUT University, Honiara and Auckland, 2010. Details


  • British Solomon Islands Protectorate (ed.), British Solomon Islands Protectorate News Sheet (NS), 1955-1975. Details