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Cyril Bavin furniture

This furniture belonged to Reverend Cyril Bavin, a New Zealand born Minister who served as a lay missionary to the Fiji-Indians of Nausori in 1901. In 1902 he went to Newington College in Sydney for theological training, returning to Fiji in August 1903 where he was appointed to Lautoka and started a school for Indian children at Salete, 12 miles from Lautoka. In 1915 he became the Superintendent of the Davuilevu Industrial Institute, near Nausori, before moving to England in 1916, becoming military secretary to the YMCA during World War I. When his family settled in West London in 1920, the furniture went with them, being passed on through his descendants until it was eventually handed over to Fiji's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Mr Solo Mara. The furniture was then repatriated to Fiji where restoration work was done by the Royal Fiji Military Forces Engineers, before handing them over to the Methodist Church, who in turn passed the furniture on to the Fiji Museum.