Papers of Rev. and Mrs. S. Hobbs and of Rev. and Mrs. H. Maundrell, CMS missionaries

Reference code(s): GB 0150 CMS/ACC139
Held at: Birmingham - University of, Information Services, Special Collections Department
Title: Papers of Rev. and Mrs. S. Hobbs and of Rev. and Mrs. H. Maundrell, CMS missionaries
Date(s) of contents: 1842-1886
Level of description: Sub-fonds
Extent and medium: 61 items, 4 vols., 2 files, 16 photographs


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Administrative/Biographical history: Stephen Hobbs (1815-1893) was accepted as a CMS missionary in 1839. He was ordained as a priest in the same year and went to Palamcotta, Tinnevelly, South India. He was stationed at Nallur in 1842, Satthankullam in 1843 and from 1854 at Dohnavur and Suviseshapuram. While serving in India, in 1842, he married Mary Eleanor Barton and they had a daughter, Eliza. In 1856 he was transferred to Mauritius and was stationed firstly at Plaines Wilhelms and then in 1859 at Creve Coeur. In 1871, he was appointed Archdeacon of Seychelles and in 1873, Archdeacon of Mauritius. He retired in 1877 and returned to England where he became curate-in-charge of Warlingham-with-Chelsham, Croydon. He died in 1893.
Herbert Maundrell (1840-1896) was admitted to the Church Missionary College in 1860. He was ordained a deacon in 1863 and a priest in 1864. He initially served in Madagascar from 1863 until 1871 when he was transferred to Mauritius when the CMS relinquished the Madagascar Mission. He married Eliza Hobbs, daughter of the CMS missionary, Stephen Hobbs in 1868. Following a furlough in England, he returned to missionary service in Japan, stationed at Nagasaki, and it was here that his wife died in 1887. In 1886 he became Archdeacon of Japan and in 1890, Archdeacon of Nagasaki and South Japan. He subsequently married again in 1891 to Alice Pointer (d 1892) and retired to England in 1893 where he died in 1896. He was involved in translation work and he translated the First Reading Book into Malagasy and Pinnock's Analysis of the Old Testament History into Japanese. He also revised the Occasional Services of the Malagasy Prayer Book.
References: Register of missionaries (clerical, lay & female) and native clergy from 1804 to 1904 (Church Missionary Society, 1905), and unpublished additions to this register in the CMS archives

Custodial history: Deposited with the CMS by Capt. A. G. Maundrell, Grouville, Jersey, 1965; transferred on permanent loan to the Special Collections Department by the CMS in the 1980s

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Scope and content/abstract: A collection of papers, sketches and photographs of members of two related families concerning their missionary service with the CMS in India, Mauritius and Japan. It includes the reminiscences of Mrs Mary Hobbs of her time in Mauritius, written retrospectively in about 1880, together with a collection of 60 pencil sketches she made of subjects in both Mauritius and India, 1845-1866. Some of these sketches include her notes and the subject matter includes native clergy and catechists, CMS missionaries, CMS and other buildings including school and general views. Other papers comprise the diaries, letter books and other papers of Herbert Maundrell while at Nagasaki, 1875-1886, some of which relate to the setting up of the Deshima Mission School. The collection also includes a small collection of photographs taken by both families of people, churches and general views in India and Mauritius

System of arrangement: This collection forms part of the Church Missionary Society Unofficial Papers. It is arranged into two series: Family Papers and Miscellaneous Papers


Language: English

Conditions governing access: Open Access to all registered readers

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Finding aids: A catalogue of this collection to file and item level is available in electronic format on the University of Birmingham Information Services Online Archive Catalogue. A paper copy of this catalogue is also available for consultation in the Special Collections Department reading room.


Related material: The Special Collections Department holds the Church Missionary Society Archive, the official archive of the society, (GB 0150 CMS), which includes papers relating to the service of these families with the CMS


Date(s) of descriptions: Created 6/09/2001, modified 17/09/2002

Mission schools
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Personal names
Hobbs | Stephen | 1815-1893 | missionary
Maundrell | Herbert | 1840-1896 | missionary

Corporate names
Church Missionary Society

East Africa
East Asia
South Asia