Tattoos and Turner – Baton arrives at Samoa

The Queen’s Baton today (23.11.2013) arrives in Samoa, a country synonymous with tattoos, and here at the University of Glasgow, with Turner.

Nineteen Years in Polynesia: Missionary Life, Travels, and Researches in the Islands of the Pacific (Turner, 1861)

The University’s earliest Samoan connections were well documented in an earlier post on George Turner and Henry Nisbet of the London Missionary Society. Among the earliest missionaries to the South Seas, Turner would remain on Samoa for 45 years observing, translating and living among the Samoan people, and in turn introducing their customs and culture to the West. He donated over 100 Polynesian and Melanesian artifacts to the University in 1860 (including the fly whisk featured in the introductory page to his book), which now form part of The Hunterian‘s collection .

Check out the Samoa page of the International Story for an overview of the 11 historic students associated with that country – 7 of whom share the surname Turner.

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