Order with this ReferenceMMS Box 1204
Ref NoMMS/17/02/09/11
Former ReferenceMCH Acc No 8
TitleFlorence E Gooch
Date(s) of Creation1936-1946
Level of DescriptionSub-Sub-Series
Extent3 items
Name of CreatorGooch; Florence E (1881-1953); educational & evangelical missionary
Administrative & Biographical HistoryFlorence Gooch was born on 13 September 1881 and joined the Women's Auxiliary of the Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society in 1905. On 9 January 1906 she departed Southampton aboard the 'Princess Alice' for the Wuchang District of China, arriving in Hankow [Wuhan] on 25 February. She was charged with supervising the day schools and undertaking evangelical work amongst women. Despite ill health in 1911 (leading to an enforced furlough in England until early 1912) her mission continued to expand to the extent that additional help was required, with Miss Edith Wagstaff being dispatched from England to assist her in 1914. In 1916 her work focused on Kuling [?Lushan] where she remained (excluding a furlough in 1918) until she relocated to Wuchang itself. Here she continued her evangelical work and supervised bible and day schools.

An extended furlough in England began in 1925 and continued until she returned to Hankow [Wuhan] in 1932. Here she remained (excluding a furlough from 1936 to 1937) until her work was halted by the Japanese occupation. She was initially interned in 1943 in Lunghwa camp, near Shanghai, but was then transferred to the Methodist missionary home for 'elderly people and invalids'. She remained in the home until the autumn of 1945 and had returned to England by 1946. She died on 9 February 1953.
Held at:SOAS University of London
Source of AcquisitionTransferred to SOAS Archive from MCOD, 29 October 1984.
DescriptionTravel log and diary of return to England for furlough. First volume records her departure from China, a stop off in Japan and time spent in Hawaii (200 pages), 14 October 1936 to 7 December [1936]. Second volume continues with her stay in Hawaii, her time spent in mainland of the USA and her journey back to England (121 pages). With expenses at rear. 7 December [1936] to ?March 1937.
Memorandum book. Approximately the first half of the volume records her time in a [Methodist] Missionary home in Shanghai, China, whilst under Japanese occupation and her subsequent release. The second half of the volume records her thoughts and those of friends and colleagues on a number of matters, along with copies of poems and hymns. 1 January 1944 to 1 December 1946.
Access StatusTemporarily Closed
CopyrightCopyright probably held by Methodist Missionary Society.
Conditions Governing ReproductionFor permission to publish, please contact Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library in the first instance
Language(s) of MaterialEnglish
Related MaterialNo correspondence for the Wesleyan Methodist Women's Auxiliary's from China survives for before 1920. Any extant letters written from 1920 onwards by Ms Gooch should be amongst the correspondence for the Hupeh District (MMS/WW/China/Correspondence/Hupeh/FBN 4-5). A few of her letters (or extracts from them) are reproduced in the publications of the Women's Auxiliary. Photographs of Ms Gooch are also available and can be found amongst the Margaret Crabtree papers (MMS/Special Series/Biographical/China/Crabtree/Box 1202A files 3, 4 & 9).
Access Points - Person, Corporate & Family Names
Name CodePerson, Corporate or Family NameType of Entity
GB/SOASNAF/P993Gooch; Florence E (1881-1953); educational and evangelistic missionaryPerson
Access Points - Places
Place CodePlace Name
7729894Eastern Asia
6255149North America
6252001United States
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