Rev J A Poulier

Archive Unit

Scope and Content

'Extracts from the Journal of J A Poulier'. Begins with Poulier preaching in Negombo on 22 December 1833 and ends with his account of a service preached by Gogerly at Matura [Matara], 30 November 1834.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Adrian Poulier was born in Galle Fort, Ceylon [Sri Lanka], of European parents on 17 April 1801. He converted to Methodism in 1817 and later moved to Kalutura where he was a mission school teacher and local preacher. He entered the ministry as an assistant missionary in 1825 and assisted the Rev John M'Kenny in Kalutura with the building of the chapel and mission house. His knowledge of both English and Sinhalese enabled him to work amongst both communities and he had a long career working in many of the mission stations (including Colombo, Galle, Negombo & Matara) in the Southern District. In 1838, whilst stationed at Kandy, he married with his wife involving herself immediately with the education work of the mission. He retired to Kandy in 1875 but remained active in missionary matters until near his death on 2 June 1880.

Further reading:

Small, W T J, History of the Methodist Church in Ceylon 1814-1964.

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Archivist's Note


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For permission to publish, please contact Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library in the first instance

Copyright probably held by Methodist Missionary Society

Related Material

Any extant correspondence for John Adrian Poulier will appear in the records of the (Wesleyan) Methodist Missionary Society within the Ceylon section (MMS/Ceylon/Correspondence/FBN 2-5 & MMS/Ceylon/Correspondence/South Ceylon/FBN 9). Information on Poulier's work, as well as the work of his colleagues, should be contained in the Synod Minutes (MMS/Ceylon/Synod Minutes/FBN 1-2).