Charles Elliot Fox

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Charles Elliot Fox CBE (26 September 1878 – 28 October 1977) was an Anglican missionary and teacher in Melanesia.

Fox was born in Stalbridge, Dorset, England, and educated in New Zealand,[1] graduating Master of Arts from Auckland University College in 1901.[2] He received a degree in theology from St John's College, Auckland in 1902, joined the Anglican Melanesian Mission in 1903 and was ordained the same year.[1]

Around 1924, Fox worked on a dictionary and grammar of the Arosi language of Makira (formerly San Cristobal) in the Solomon Island (ISBN 0858831708), and the Lau language of Malaita (ISBN 0858831015).[1] He also wrote "Beliefs and Tales of San Cristobal" in 1915, later translated and printed in J Royal Anthropological Inst.[3]

In 1932, Fox declined the post of Bishop of the Melanesian Missionary Church. In the same year he was admitted to the Melanesian Brotherhood.[4]

He died in New Zealand in 1977 aged 99 years.


  1. ^ a b c "The Register of Charles Elliot Fox Papers 1924". Mandeville Special Collections Library Geisel Library, University of California, San Diego. Archived from the original on August 30, 2006. Retrieved 2007-03-15. 
  2. ^ "NZ university graduates 1870–1961: F". Shadows of Time. Retrieved 17 January 2017. 
  3. ^ "Series SISC - Solomon Islands - San Cristoval Island". Archive at PARADISEC. Retrieved 2007-03-15. 
  4. ^ "History of the Melanesian Brotherhood". Melanesian Brotherhood. Retrieved 2007-03-15. 


  • Kakamora (London, 1962)

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