Photographic collection of the Borneo Mission Association

Reference code(s): GB 0162 MSS. Ind. Ocn. r. 20
Held at: Bodleian Library - Special Collections
Domain: archival
Title: Photographic collection of the Borneo Mission Association
Date(s) of contents: 1914-1983
Level of description: Fonds
Extent and medium: 345 prints


Name of creator(s):

Administrative/Biographical history: The Borneo Mission Association was formed in 1909 to assist the work of the Anglican Church in Labuan, Sarawak and British North Borneo. Although it never sent out missionaries itself, Anglican missionaries had first visited Sarawak in 1848 at the invitation of James Brooke, its Rajah. From 1869 to 1909 Malaya, Singapore and Borneo had operated as a single diocese. However, a separate diocese was created for Sabah in 1962.

Custodial history: The collection is based upon the photographs of Lawrence Eustace Currey, a lay missionary who served in the diocese, [1914-1926], though other photographs were later added to the original set.

Immediate source of acquisition: The collection was donated to the library by the Revd. Brian Taylor, Chairman of the Borneo Mission Association, in June 1989.


Scope and content/abstract: Photographs of North Borneo, [1914-1983] and Sarawak, [1897-1973], including mission schools and churches, principal buldings in towns and major settlements, landscapes, diocesan events, and portraits of mission staff and native clergy.

System of arrangement: Most of the photographs contain some form of description on the back but are not always dated.


Language: English

Conditions governing access: Bodleian reader's ticket required.

Conditions governing reproduction: No reproduction or publication of personal papers without permission. Contact the library in the first instance.

Finding aids: Listed as no. 668 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996). A handlist is available for consultation in the library reading room.


Related material: Postcards of British North Borneo including views of Jesselton and railway scenes, also uncaptioned snapshots, [1906-1909] (ref. MSS. Ind. Ocn. r. 23); Historical Notes on the island of Borneo and early mission work, typescript compiled by the Revd. William Howell, c1928 (ref. MSS. Ind. Ocn. s. 346.)


Archivist's note: Collection level description created by Paul Davidson, Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies at Rhodes House. Modified by Mundus team.

Date(s) of descriptions: Created 2002. Modified March 2003


Personal names
Currey | Lawrence Eustace | fl. 1914 - 1926 | lay missionary

Corporate names
Borneo Mission Association

South East Asia