Papers of Rev. and Mrs. S. Hobbs and of Rev. and Mrs. H. Maundrell, CMS missionaries
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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.
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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CONTENT AND STRUCTURE
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
ACCESS AND USE
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