Deuchar Memorial Chapel

Scope and Content

Scrapbook of material relating to Kathleen Deuchar, and the Memorial Chapel erected in her name at Mbereshi, Northern Rhodesia. Includes letters dated 1932, addressed to Miss Deuchar (Kathleen's sister) from girls at the Girls' Boarding School, Mbereshi, expressing thanks for the Memorial Chapel; letter to Mis Deuchar from Bernard Turner, describing the work to build the chapel, including details of the building materials, furniture, portrait of Kathleen and inscription, 1932; letter to Miss Deuchar from Mabel Shaw, describing the opening ceremony of the Chapel, 1932; press cuttings re the opening of the Memorial Chapel by the Governor of the Colony, 1932; copy of article from the LMS Chronicle entitled 'Something for the Builders. African Craftsmen', by Bernard Turner, describing the building of the Chapel; black & white photograph of the interior of the Chapel.

Administrative / Biographical History

Kathleen [Catherine] Deuchar worked at the headquarters of the London Missionary Society where she acted as an assistant to Dr Wardlaw Thompson, and later to F. H. Hawkins. She accompanied the 1924 Deputation to Africa at her own expense, and in that capacity paid a visit to Mbereshi in Northern Rhodesia, where she stayed at the Livingstone Memorial Girls' Boarding School. She became interested in the work of the School, and formed a close friendship with its headmistress Miss Mabel Shaw. Miss Deuchar died on 1 August 1927. In memory of her work with the Society, her only surviving sister decided to endow a chapel at Mbereshi, in connection with the Livingstone Memorial Girls' Boarding School. The Chapel was opened on Whit Sunday, 1932. The building was made by local workmen under the direction of the local Secretary for the LMS.

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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

The paper in the album is very brittle and prone to damage. Item must be handled with care.