Journal of Alice Mackenzie

Scope and Content

Journal (April to October 1859) written by Alice Mackenzie at Bishopstowe, Maritzburg, Natal, while with the Colensos, and given to Harriette Emily Colenso. A typed note at the front of journal says: "Journal written by Miss Alice Mackenzie while at Bishopstowe; the last letter written to her brother, The Rev. Charles Mackenzie later Bishop of the Central African Mission, and who died finally at his post in Africa."

The journal also contains a letter from Alice Werner to Sophia Colenso, wife of Francis Ernest Colenso (dated 6 December 1928), and 3 photographs labelled 'H.E.C. [Harriette Emily Colenso] in Sweetwater' (dated 1928).

The journal is also available on microfilm.

Administrative / Biographical History

Alice Mackenzie was the sister of Anne Mackenzie (1813/14-1877) and Charles Frederick Mackenzie (1825-1862), who later became bishop of Central Africa.

In December 1854, John William Colenso, bishop of Natal, offered to take Charles with him to Natal as his archdeacon. Charles accepted this offer and they set sail in March 1855. Anne accompanied Charles on this journey and in 1859 they were joined by Alice.

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

Administrative/Biographical History compiled with reference to the Dictionary of National Biography .

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Listed as no. 428 in Manuscript Collections (Africana and non-Africana) in Rhodes House Library, Oxford, Supplementary accessions to the end of 1977 and Cumulative Index, compiled by Wendy S. Byrne (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1978).

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