Scott, Harry


IDENTITY STATEMENT
Reference code(s): GB 0102 MS 380601
Held at: School of Oriental and African Studies Library
Domain: archival
Title: Scott, Harry
Date(s) of contents: (1884-1887 [1935-1936]) [1992]
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium: 3 volumes

CONTEXT

Name of creator(s): Scott | Harry | 1858-1937 | missionary

Administrative/Biographical history: Born in Walsall (Staffordshire), 1858; studied at Cheshunt College (Cambridge), 1878-1883; appointed London Missionary Society (LMS) missionary to New Guinea; ordained, married Mary Todhunter (d 1952), and sailed to New Guinea, 1883; settled at Murray Island, Torres Straits; withdrew from the New Guinea mission owing to ill health, 1886; returned to England, 1887; pastor at the Countess of Huntindon's Crozens Chapel, Hereford, 1889-1892; became Assistant District Secretary of the British and Foreign Bible Society (BFBS) for the North Metropolitan Area, 1892; Assistant to the Honorary Home Secretary, BFBS, 1894; retired and settled at Shanklin (Isle of Wight), 1915; died in Croydon (Surrey), 1937. Publication: with Samuel McFarlane, published a translation of the Gospels of Mark and John into the Murray Island (Mer) language, Euangelia Mareko ... (Sydney, 1885), with appendix including the catechism and forms for the marriage and burial services.

Custodial history: The original letters were made into 14 portfolios, with introduction and supplementary material, by Harry Scott in 1935-1936, for circulation to his daughter and sons and their families. The early letters, from December 1883 to June 1884, had by then gone missing. In 1937 the portfolios were dispersed, but preserved by different family members until they were united in 1974 for presentation to the Mitchell Library, Sydney.

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated in 1994.

CONTENT AND STRUCTURE

Scope and content/abstract: Typescript transcripts [1992] of circular letters of Harry Scott sent to relatives and friends in England while missionary at Murray Island, Torres Straits, New Guinea, 1884-1887, with his later additions [1935-1936], giving a detailed account of life there, including his missionary work and Biblical translations, the landscape, and local customs.

System of arrangement:

ACCESS AND USE

Language: English

Conditions governing access: Unrestricted.

Conditions governing reproduction: Contact the Senior Manuscripts Librarian, State Library of New South Wales, for permission to use any extracts.

Finding aids: Collection level description.

ALLIED MATERIALS

Related material: The School of Oriental and African Studies holds the records of the London Missionary Society (Ref: CWM/LMS), including letters from individual missionaries, among them Harry Scott (Ref: CWM/LMS Papua Incoming Correspondence); his candidate's papers (Ref: CWM/LMS Candidates' Papers Box 14); a group photograph in New Guinea including Harry Scott and his wife [1880s] (Ref: CWM/LMS Papua Photographs Box 1). SOAS also holds a press cutting about the golden wedding of Harry Scott and his wife, 1933 (Ref: CBMS/H/PB24 Box 89 File 24 no 179), and an obituary, 1937 (Ref: CBMS/H/PB44 Box 109 File 44 no 34).

DESCRIPTION NOTES

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rachel Kemsley as part of the RSLP AIM25 project. Source: LMS Register of Missionaries, ed James Sibree.

Date(s) of descriptions: Jul 2002


INDEX ENTRIES
Subjects
Ancient religions
Austronesian and Oceanic languages
Bibles
Christianity
Christians
Clergy
Cultural heritage
Customs and traditions
Evangelistic missionaries
Evangelistic missionary work
Missionaries
Missionary work
National cultures
Oceanic cultures
Ordained missionaries
Protestant nonconformists
Protestant nonconformity
Protestantism
Protestants
Religions
Religious activities
Religious doctrines
Religious groups
Religious texts
Theology
Translation
Travel
Travel abroad

Personal names
Scott | Harry | 1858-1937 | missionary

Corporate names
Missionary Society x LMS | London Missionary Society x London Missionary Society

Places
Asia and the Pacific
Australia
Mer
Murray Island
New Guinea
Oceania
Queensland
South Pacific
Torres Strait