Biographical entry: Ngorovaka, Hugo ( - 1918)



Hugo Ngorovaka and his brother George Basilei, from Maravovo on Guadalcanal, were taken as slaves to Isabel, from where they were sent by the Melanesian Mission to be educated on Norfolk Island. Both returned to Guadalcanal with David Ruddick in 1883 in a failed attempt to establish a school a Maravovo. They tried again in 1896, assisted by Percy Henry Williams, and this time they were successful. Ngorovaka was ordained and his two sons also became missionaries. He died in 1918, having lived to see Christianity established on his island. (Fox 1958, 190-91)

Published resources


  • Fox, Charles E., Lord of the Southern Isles: Being the Story of the Anglican Mission in Melanesia, 1849-1949, Mowbray, London, 1958. Details