Photographic collection of the Borneo Mission Association

Scope and Content

Photographs of North Borneo, [1914-1983] and Sarawak, [1897-1973], includingmission schools and churches, principal buldings in towns and major settlements,landscapes, diocesan events, and portraits of mission staff and native clergy.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Borneo Mission Association was formed in 1909 to assist the work of theAnglican Church in Labuan, Sarawak and British North Borneo. Although it neversent out missionaries itself, Anglican missionaries had first visited Sarawakin 1848 at the invitation of James Brooke, its Rajah. From 1869 to 1909 Malaya, Singapore and Borneo had operated as a single diocese. However,a separate diocese was created for Sabah in 1962.

Access Information

Bodleian reader's ticket required.


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

Other Finding Aids

Listed as no. 668 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford,Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996). A handlist is available for consultation in the library reading room.

Conditions Governing Use

No reproduction or publication of personal papers without permission. Contact the library in the first instance.

Custodial History

The collection is based upon the photographs of Lawrence Eustace Currey,a lay missionary who served in the diocese, [1914-1926], though other photographswere later added to the original set.

Related Material

Postcards of British North Borneo including views of Jesselton and railwayscenes, also uncaptioned snapshots, [1906-1909] (ref. MSS. Ind. Ocn. r. 23);Historical Notes on the island of Borneo andearly mission work, typescript compiled by the Rev'd. William Howell, c1928(ref. MSS. Ind. Ocn. s. 346.