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Papers of George William Clarke (1849-1919)

    The collection description reads: « George William Clarke, China Inland Mission missionary to China, was born on May 30 1849 in Shoreditch, East London. One of five children he began working full-time in a factory when he was nine years old. In his teens he attended a night school run by Annie Macpherson, the promoter of child migration to Canada. When he was twenty-three he took charge of the first party of Macpherson boys being sent to Canada. In 1879, in Shanghai, he married Fanny Rossier (also referred to as Marta), a Swiss missionary. In 1886 he married Agnes Lancaster, who had gone to China in 1880 and had worked in T’ai-yuen in the province of Shansi. They had a son (John) but Agnes Clarke died in 1892 after giving birth to a daughter (also Agnes). Clarke died in Shantung province in 1919. Agnes, was a CIM missionary for forty-six years and worked in east Szechwan before retiring to the CIM home for retired members in Kent. The collection consists of a pamphlet by Agnes Clarke about her father (1962); three volumes of diaries written by George Clarke (1879-1883); a book on Kweichow and Yunnan provinces by George Clarke (1894); cuttings from China’s Millions about the Clarke family (1875-1941); and four photographs of the family and one of a Chinese river (circa 1880-1890). »

    Original source name : Papers of George William Clarke (1849-1919)
    English translation : Papers of George William Clarke (1849-1919)
    Creator : personal fonds
    Document- type 2 : personal
    Reference number : CSWC 15
    Language(s) : English
    Geographical coverage : United Kingdom
    Time range : 19th-20th c.
    Year(s) : 1875-1969
    Theme 1 : family
    Link to the item in the catalogue :
    Archive name : New College Library Special Collections. The University of Edinburgh Archives
    Archive name (English) : New College Library Special Collections. The University of Edinburgh Archives
    Archive address : New College - Mound Place - Edinburgh EH1 2LU. Scotland Part of the New College Library Special Collections Repository
    City : Edinburgh
    Country : United Kingdom
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    Finding aid(s) : No
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