Photocopy of diary of Rev Robert Brooking

Scope and Content

Photocopy of a typescript transcript of the diary, 1839-1842, 1845, 1855-1859 (some gaps), of the Rev Robert Brooking, describing his missionary work, experiences, and local customs in west Africa and Canada, including transcript of a letter from T B Freeman, Cape Coast (west Africa), to Robert Brooking, 1855, describing the work of the mission there. With an article [1980s] by Helen Allen on the life of Robert Brooking.

Administrative / Biographical History

Revd. Robert Brooking was a Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society missionary in the Gold Coast in West Africa, from 1839 to 1845. Brooking then worked in Canada/North America near Lake Winnipeg and Hudson By c.1855 to 1859. By the time he arrived in Canada, Brooking had married his wife Elizabeth and they had had a daughter. He was appointed to Norway House Mission on 4 April 1857

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Acquisition Information

Presented in 1990.

Related Material

The School of Oriental and African Studies holds the records of the Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society (Ref: MMS), including letters from Robert Brooking in West Africa and North America (Ref: MMS West Africa Correspondence, North America Correspondence). Transcripts of his wife's diaries are also available (MS 381041 & MS 381079).

Location of Originals

The original journal of Robert Brooking is thought to be held in the archives of Victoria University, Canada.