Microfilm copies of the papers of Reverend Canon Peter Geoffrey Bostock

Scope and Content

Microfilm copies of the papers of Reverend Canon Peter Geoffrey Bostock as Church Missionary Society missionary in Kenya (1935-1958), and Archdeacon of Mombasa, dealing mainly with the Anglican Church's response to Mau Mau rehabilitation and social problems through the work of the Christian Council of Kenya and Inter-Church Aid (later Christian Aid). With a series of annual letters to the Church Missionary Society headquarters in London from Bostock and his predecessor Reverend H.T. Harris (1931-1933, 1935-1958), notes on the Taita tribe, articles, press-cuttings and other historical material (1899-1950s).

Administrative / Biographical History

Peter Geoffrey Bostock was born on the 24 December 1911 and educated at Charterhouse, Godalming, Surrey; The Queen's College, Oxford, and Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. He was ordained as a Deacon in 1935 and worked for the Church Missionary Society as a missionary in Kenya (1935-1958). During his time in Kenya, Bostock was ordained as a Priest (1937), Canon of Diocese of Mombasa (1952), Archdeacon (1953-1958) and Vicar-General (1955-1958). Bostock was also Examining Chaplain to the Bishop of Mombasa (1950-1958), Chairman of the Christian Council of Kenya (1957-1958), Archdeacon of Doncaster and Vicar at High Melton (1959-1967), Assistant Secretary of the Missionary and Ecumenical Council of Church Assembly (1967-1971), and Clergy Appointments Adviser (1973-1976).

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Collection level description created by Marion Lowman, Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies at Rhodes House.

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The library holds a card index of all manuscript collections in its reading room and a handlist is also available for this collection.

Listed as no. 952 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994(Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996).

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