Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)CMS/B/OMS/MA
TitleMauritius Mission
Extent13 vols. of letter-books, mission books and precis books, [1117] docs. [including journals] and 3 boxes of original papers
DescriptionPre- and post-1880 papers of the Mauritius mission.
Access StatusOpen
Physical DescriptionThe archive reference numbers for the pre-1880 papers have been marked in pencil on the back of each individual item [e.g. C MA/O 10/4]. The post-1880 papers are each individually marked in red ink, and this number, plus the year, comprises the reference for each item [e.g. G2 MA/1904/6]. G2 MA is missing many numbers [consult in-house finding aid for details].
Administrative HistoryWork in Mauritius was initially considered an off-shoot from South India. The archive series also covers work in Madagascar and the Seychelles and from 1868 to 1874 the mission books include East Africa despatches, for Mauritius was considered a base for operations in East Africa.
Mauritius: work began in 1856 amongst the immigrant coolies from South India (Tamils) and North India (Hindustani and Bengali speakers); itinerating districts centred on Port Louis, Plaines Wilhems and Plaisance; the work was handed over to the Church in Mauritius 31 December 1908, although complete separation did not come about until July 1919, a small annual grant being paid during that time; the lady missionaries were transferred to India while the remaining clergyman was taken on to the ecclesiastical staff.

Madagasgar: work began in 1863 and centred on Vohimare (1864) and Andovoranto (1866). Following difficulties over the appointment of a bishop the mission was wound up in 1874.

Seychelles: work began in 1871 and was at first treated as a branch of the East Africa mission [A 5 see separate catalogue: Group 3]. The main work was an industrial school and settlement for the children of freed African slaves at Venn's Town, Capucin, Mahe. By 1894 it was no longer needed and the work was handed over to the Seychelles branch of the Mauritius Diocesan Society.
Custodial HistoryPapers catalogued by Rosemary A. Keen, July 1975. Handlist revised and expanded by Rosemary Keen, March 1985.
CopiesAvailable on microfilm and online.

Microfilm: Church Missionary Society Archive: Section IV: Africa Missions, part 24.
Publisher: Marlborough: Adam Matthew Publications, 2005.
Location in the Cadbury Research Library: microfilm drawers B6 and B7.

Digital publication: Church Missionary Society Archive: Africa Missions: Mauritius, Madagascar and the Seychelles Missions.
Publisher: Adam Matthew Digital.
Access: by subscription: free to members of the University of Birmingham and visitors to the Cadbury Research Library and other subscribing institutions.
Related MaterialCMS overseas (mission) series: records of the East Africa Mission (CMS/B/OMS/A5)


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