Photograph Album: Visit by E.P. Olney and B. Olney to E.J. Harrison (Missionary with African Inland Mission in Kenya)

Scope and Content

Album of black and white photographs documenting a visit by E.P. Olney and B. Olney to E.J. Harrison (missionary with the African Inland Mission in Kenya), featuring: portraits and group shots, landscapes, Indigenous peoples, local Indigenous leaders and local communities, families (e.g. E[d] James Harrison with his wife Grace [of African heritage] and two children, Tommy and Jimmy), various scenes of local life, hunting, fishing, sport, children, shipping, street front, farming, transportation (e.g. motorbike, car, train 'Madad Junction'), domestic dwellings, buildings, games, animals, wedding, leisure time activities e.g. picnic, dancing. Also comprises some Olney family photographs towards the end of the album. Only a handful of captions are provided and are in English. Some captions note the first names of local friends of African heritage (Kathokia, and Uku) who with E.J. Harrison, jointly sent Christmas well wishes to E.P. Olney; and see example of 'A British East Africa Mission postcard'. Accompanying the album is the original second class ticket of E.P. Olney and his sister B. Olney issued by the Union-Castle Mail Steamship Company, for their travel from London.

Administrative / Biographical History

Olney; Edward Passmore (?-1967) was an evangelical Christian who spent most of his life in Putney; London.

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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Gloves must be worn when viewing album.

Custodial History

When E.P. Olney died, he left his photographs to a friend, Peter Kenneth Gerhold (1915-2008) - who came to know him as a boy through Putney's Crusader class, a Bible class which met on Sunday afternoons. The Olney family photographs (towards the end of the album) are presumed to have been pasted in by Peter Kenneth Gerhold, and it also thought that the entire album (which has been re-used) was perhaps compiled by Gerhold from photographs inherited from Olney.

Related Material

See related material held externally at Wellcome Library: ; and with the African Inland Mission International ; and

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