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Scott, Harry

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0102 MS 380601
Held at: School of Oriental and African Studies
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Full title: Scott, Harry
Date(s): (1884-1887 [1935-1936]) [1992]
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 3 volumes
Name of creator(s): Scott | Harry | 1858-1937 | missionary


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born in Walsall (Staffordshire), 1858; studied at Cheshunt College (Cambridge), 1878-1883; appointed London Missionary Society (LMS) missionary to New Guinea; ordained, married Mary Todhunter (d 1952), and sailed to New Guinea, 1883; settled at Murray Island, Torres Straits; withdrew from the New Guinea mission owing to ill health, 1886; returned to England, 1887; pastor at the Countess of Huntingdon's Crozens Chapel, Hereford, 1889-1892; became Assistant District Secretary of the British and Foreign Bible Society (BFBS) for the North Metropolitan Area, 1892; Assistant to the Honorary Home Secretary, BFBS, 1894; retired and settled at Shanklin (Isle of Wight), 1915; died in Croydon (Surrey), 1937. Publication: with Samuel McFarlane, published a translation of the Gospels of Mark and John into the Murray Island (Mer) language, Euangelia Mareko ... (Sydney, 1885), with appendix including the catechism and forms for the marriage and burial services.


Scope and content/abstract:

Typescript transcripts [1992] of circular letters of Harry Scott sent to relatives and friends in England while missionary at Murray Island, Torres Straits, New Guinea, 1884-1887, with his later additions [1935-1936], giving a detailed account of life there, including his missionary work and Biblical translations, the landscape, and local customs.

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Conditions governing reproduction:

Contact the Senior Manuscripts Librarian, State Library of New South Wales, for permission to use any extracts.

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Archival Information

Archival history:

The original letters were made into 14 portfolios, with introduction and supplementary material, by Harry Scott in 1935-1936, for circulation to his daughter and sons and their families. The early letters, from December 1883 to June 1884, had by then gone missing. In 1937 the portfolios were dispersed, but preserved by different family members until they were united in 1974 for presentation to the Mitchell Library, Sydney.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Donated in 1994.

Allied Materials

Related material:

The School of Oriental and African Studies holds the records of the London Missionary Society (Ref: CWM/LMS), including letters from individual missionaries, among them Harry Scott (Ref: CWM/LMS Papua Incoming Correspondence); his candidate's papers (Ref: CWM/LMS Candidates' Papers Box 14); a group photograph in New Guinea including Harry Scott and his wife [1880s] (Ref: CWM/LMS Papua Photographs Box 1). SOAS also holds a press cutting about the golden wedding anniversary of Harry Scott and his wife, 1933 (Ref: CBMS/H/PB24 Box 89 File 24 no 179), and an obituary, 1937 (Ref: CBMS/H/PB44 Box 109 File 44 no 34).

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Rachel Kemsley as part of the RSLP AIM25 project. Source: LMS Register of Missionaries, ed James Sibree.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Jul 2002

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