McKenzie, Thomas John and Nella J.
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Administrative/Biographical history: Thomas John McKenzie (TJM) was born at Littleborough, near Rochdale, England in 1893, the son of a Methodist minister. In 1914 he entered Hartley College, Manchester to begin his training as a Primitive Methodist minister. After a period in the home ministry he went out to Nigeria as a missionary in 1919. Most of his service was spent at the mission station of Oyubia, near Oron . Here he was joined by his wife Nella, daughter of Robert Fairley, missionary to Fernando Po, whom he married in 1922. Nella Fairley had been a missionary teacher in Nigeria since 1920. During their time at Oyubia, the station expanded to comprise 53 preaching places and 35 schools run by 40 native teachers. In 1926 the McKenzies returned to England on furlough, with TJM in a poor state of health. He died in December 1926 aged 34.
Custodial history: Donated to the MMS by Mrs Nella McKenzie in 1958.
Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited on permanent loan with the records of the Methodist Missionary Society in 1978.
CONTENT AND STRUCTURE
Scope and content/abstract: Diaries of TJM 1919-1923, including reports of his work in Nigeria. BR Bundle of t/s articles written by TJM between 1919 and 1921 BR Diaries of NJM 1920-1923 BR T/s article, dated 1943, on the history of the Primitive Methodist Mission in eastern Nigeria, 1893-1943 by GH Hanney
System of arrangement: As described in Scope and Contents
ACCESS AND USE
Conditions governing access: Unrestricted but only to be viewed on microfiche.
Conditions governing reproduction: No publication without prior permission in writing. Apply to SOAS Archives in first instance
Finding aids: A Handlist to the Biographical Series of the MMS Archive is available for consultation in the Special Collections Reading Room in SOAS Library.
Related material: The School of Oriental and African Studies holds the records of the Methodist Missionary Society (Ref: WMMS/MMS), including letters and reports from individual missionaries.
Copies: The MMS archive to 1945 is available in a microfiche edition published by IDC.
Date(s) of descriptions: 2005