Papers of Albert Frank Lock and Florence Lock

Scope and Content

Papers of Albert Frank Lock and his wife Florence, relating to their service as missionaries with the London Missionary Society/Council for World Mission in the Bechuanaland Protectorate / Botswana, 1950s-1970s. The collection also includes papers relating to Albert Lock's position of Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Botswana, 1968-1979, including a small selection of Parliamentary reports and papers. Additional papers include those created by Rev Dick Sales, an American colleague of the Locks who worked to assist the London Missionary Society / United Congregational Church of Southern Africa, Botswana.

Administrative / Biographical History

Albert Alfred Frank Lock was born in London on 30 June 1917. He studied at Selly Oak and later at St. Andrews. He married Florence Adelaide Shearman in January 1941 (Florence was born in London on 22 July 1922). In August 1945, he was called to his first full-time pastorate at Finchingfield Congregational Church in north Essex, then to Orsett Congregational Church in south-east Essex, and Lowestoft, Suffolk. He was Ordained and Valedicted on 22 September 1956. He was appointed to Southern Africa with the London Missionary Society and sailed for the Bechuanaland Protectorate with Florence in October 1956. He was based at Kanye for six months of language study, 1956-1957. He and his wife were stationed at Francistown, May 1957-1961, and Serowe, Bechuanaland Protectorate [later Botswana], 1961-1975. This was during the important transition period and the run-up to self-government and independence for the church as well as the state. Consultations had begun for the uniting of the London Missionary Society and Congregationalism in Southern Africa, which involved Albert in five years of discussions. The Congregational Church of South Africa (UCCSA) was formed in 1967 covering six regions, with Rev J K Main as its first Chairman. Albert Lock was appointed Treasurer of the Botswana region and set up the framework for the maintenance of the ministry. He later became Moderator/Secretary while training an African minister for the post. In February 1968, he was asked to stand for election as Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Botswana. He was duly elected in the March Parliament and held the post for 12 years. In 1973 he was awarded the CBE for service to Church and Community. He was based in Gaborone, Botswana, 1975-1979, when he resigned from overseas service and returned to the Home Ministry. From November 1979 he spent over two years with West Sussex URC Group of Churches. He died on 5 May 1985.

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Acquisition Information

Donated to SOAS Library in October 2005.

Related Material

Archive of the London Missionary Society (Council for World Mission), ref CWM/LMS.