Rev Peter Turner, not Dana
Sydney Morning Herald; 9 June 1855
The Rev. Peter Turner moved the third resolution, and recounted, at some length, his experiences as a missionary at the Islands of Tonga and the Samoa group, in the South Seas, during a period of twenty four years. He described, in graphic language, which time and space will not permit us fully to report, the trials, difficulties, and dangers which he underwent and met with in the prosecution of his calling; and spoke with deep emotions of pleasure of the success which had attended his efforts amongst the once barbarous natives of those islands. He regretted exceedingly having been obliged to relinquish his labour of love, which he only did at the oft repeated calls of the society, and in vindication of the honour. He had no natural children, but he had been regarded by these poor people as their father, and he considered them his offspring, and a numerous family he thanked God they were. Would that it had pleased the Al- mighty to have allowed him to lay down his life amongst them, that at the final day he might have arisen with them leading them to glory. When he was about leaving them, the natives flocked around him, and entreated him to stay amongst them, and they would support him in their rude but comfortable way; but being ordered by the Society, who had made arrangements with the London Missionary Society, that the latter should alone occupy the field he at last felt compelled reluctantly to give way; and now an old man, considered on the shelf, he hoped to end his days in this country, but still he would always glory in the name and fact of being a missionary.