Ref NoMS 380482
TitleDiaries of Wilson Herbert Geller and Mabel Love Geller
Date(s) of Creation1901 - 1934
Level of DescriptionCollection
Extent1 box
Name of CreatorGeller; Mabel Love (1872-1953); née Neal, missionary
Geller; Wilson Herbert (1868-1949); missionary
Administrative & Biographical HistoryWilson Herbert Geller was born on 26 December 1868 at Thaxted in Essex. He trained at Harley College. In 1897 he was appointed to Siaokan in Central China as Lay Evangelist for the London Missionary Society. On 5 January 1901 he married Mabel Love Neal, also of the London Missionary Society, at Union Church, Hong Kong. His work was mainly pastoral and evangelistic with the oversight of a large country district comprising about 25 churches. He took a large part in the production of a Chinese hymnbook, and composed many of the tunes. He also planned and built Siaokan Church. He retired in 1936, and died on 20 November 1949.

Mabel Love Neal was born on 18 December 1872 at Stoke Newington. She was appointed to Canton and sailed on 9 November 1897. Her chief work in China was building up a Bible school for women, as well as taking part in general work for women and girls at Siaokan Mission. She died on 17 December 1953.
Held at:SOAS University of London
Source of AcquisitionPurchased by SOAS Library in 1991.
DescriptionDiaries of Wilson Herbert Geller, 1901-1904, 1908, 1910-1914, 1930, and Mabel Love Geller, 1919, 1930-1934, documenting their life and work as missionaries in China.
System of ArrangementThe 16 diaries have been arranged chronologically.
Access StatusOpen
Conditions Governing ReproductionFor permission to publish, please contact Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library in the first instance
Language(s) of MaterialEnglish
Other Finding AidsUnpublished handlist.
Related MaterialThe School of Oriental and African Studies holds the records of the London Missionary Society (Ref: CWM/LMS).
Access Points - SubjectAsian cultures
Missionary work
Travel abroad
Access Points - Places
Place CodePlace Name
7729894Eastern Asia
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