Order with this ReferenceMS 380587
Ref NoMS 380587
TitlePhotocopy of diary of Rev Robert Brooking
Date(s) of Creation1839-1980s
Level of DescriptionCollection
Extent1 file
Name of CreatorBrooking; Robert (fl 1839-1859); missionary
Administrative & Biographical HistoryRevd. Robert Brooking was a Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society missionary in the Gold Coast in West Africa, from 1839 to 1845. Brooking then worked in Canada/North America near Lake Winnipeg and Hudson By c.1855 to 1859. By the time he arrived in Canada, Brooking had married his wife Elizabeth and they had had a daughter. He was appointed to Norway House Mission on 4 April 1857
Held at:SOAS University of London
Source of AcquisitionPresented in 1990.
DescriptionPhotocopy of a typescript transcript of the diary, 1839-1842, 1845, 1855-1859 (some gaps), of the Rev Robert Brooking, describing his missionary work, experiences, and local customs in west Africa and Canada, including transcript of a letter from T B Freeman, Cape Coast (west Africa), to Robert Brooking, 1855, describing the work of the mission there. With an article [1980s] by Helen Allen on the life of Robert Brooking.
Access StatusTemporarily Closed
Language(s) of MaterialEnglish
Existence & Location of OriginalsThe original journal of Robert Brooking is thought to be held in the archives of Victoria University, Canada.
Related MaterialThe School of Oriental and African Studies holds the records of the Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society (Ref: MMS), including letters from Robert Brooking in West Africa and North America (Ref: MMS West Africa Correspondence, North America Correspondence). Transcripts of his wife's diaries are also available (MS 381041 & MS 381079).
Archivist's NoteCompiled by Rachel Kemsley as part of the RSLP AIM25 project. Source: Report of the Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society 1852, p 89; ibid 1855, p 110; ibid 1858 p 123.
Access Points - SubjectAfrican cultures
Customs and traditions
Missionary work
Travel abroad
Access Points - Person, Corporate & Family Names
Name CodePerson, Corporate or Family NameType of Entity
GB/SOASNAF/P745Allen; Helen (fl 1990)Person
GB/SOASNAF/P746Brooking; Robert (fl 1839-1859); missionaryPerson
GB/NNAF/P132146Freeman; Thomas Birch (1809-1890); ordained missionary, farmer, colonial administrator, authorPerson
GB/NNAF/C6039Wesleyan Methodist Missionary SocietyCorporate
Access Points - Places
Place CodePlace Name
6255149North America
7729885Western Africa
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