As one would expect, most items in the Quaker Collection are concerned either with the history, principles and precepts of the Society of Friends or with the lives of outstanding Quaker personalities.
These include a well-worn copy of George Fox’s Journal printed in London in 1694. George Fox was a founder of the Society of Friends and his journal is a central document in Quakerism.
Ref: George Fox, A journal or historical account of the life, travels, sufferings etc., 1694, Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 272.8 F79.
The Geneva Bible, which preceded the King James translation by 51 years, is also known as the Breeches Bible. This is because in the Breeches Bible, Genesis Chapter III Verse 7 reads: "Then the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked, and they sewed figge tree leaves together, and made themselves breeches." In the King James Version of 1611, "breeches" was changed to "aprons".
Ref: Bible, English, Geneva version, 1608, Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries.
Also included is a set of Reports of the General Meeting of the Society of Friends running from 1912 through to 1956.
Ref: Society of Friends, Report of the General Meeting, 1912-1956, Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 272.8 F91.
This group portrait is from the 1914 meeting in Auckland.
Ref: Society of Friends, Report of the General Meeting, 1914, Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 272.8 F91.
The 1917 report includes the Society of Friends’ manifesto issued around alternative service for conscientious objectors. This points out and emphasises the fact that as they proceeded through courts and places of detention, the spirit of love brought strength to their own hearts and won the respect of the Authorities.
The Manifesto concludes with a moving coda:
“We yield to none in our admiration for that noble spirit of self-sacrifice which has led so many thousands of our brave lads to offer to their country all that they had to offer, even their life. Our hearts go out to them and to those who have to bear the anxious pain of separation, and in many cases are left to mourn their loss.”
Author: Andrew Henry