Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)CMS/ACC139
TitleAccession 139: Papers of Rev and Mrs S. Hobbs and Rev and Mrs H. Maundrell
Extent4 volumes, 2 files, 77 items
DescriptionPapers, sketches and photographs of members of two related families concerning their missionary service with the CMS in India, Mauritius and Japan.

Including Mary Hobbs' retrospective reminiscences of her time in Mauritius and pencil sketches she made of subjects in Mauritius and India, 1845-1866. Some of the sketches include her notes referring to Indigenous clergy and catechists, CMS missionaries, CMS and other buildings including school and general views.

Also including diaries, letter books and other papers of Herbert Maundrell while at Nagasaki, 1875-1886, some relating to the setting up of the Deshima Mission School.

The collection also includes a small collection of photographs taken by both families. Portraying people, churches and general views in India and Mauritius.
ArrangementThis collection forms part of the Church Mission Society Unofficial Papers. It is arranged into two series: Family Papers and Miscellaneous Papers.
Access ConditionsAccess to all registered readers
Finding AidsA catalogue of this collection (forming part of the wider Unofficial Papers catalogue) is available on the online archive catalogue. Click on the Finding Number to display the summary contents list of the catalogue and to view the full catalogue. A paper copy of this catalogue is also available for consultation at Special Collections.
Access StatusOpen
Administrative HistoryStephen Hobbs (1815-1893) was accepted as a CMS missionary in 1839. He was ordained as a priest in the same year and went to Palamcotta, Tinnevelly, South India. He was stationed at Nallur in 1842, Satthankullam in 1843 and from 1854 at Dohnavur and Suviseshapuram. While serving in India, in 1842, he married Mary Eleanor Barton and they had a daughter, Eliza. In 1856 he was transferred to Mauritius and was stationed firstly at Plaines Wilhelms and then in 1859 at Creve Coeur. In 1871, he was appointed Archdeacon of Seychelles and in 1873, Archdeacon of Mauritius. He retired in 1877 and returned to England where he became curate-in-charge of Warlingham-with-Chelsham, Croydon. He died in 1893.
Herbert Maundrell (1840-1896) was admitted to the Church Missionary College in 1860. He was ordained a deacon in 1863 and a priest in 1864. He initially served in Madagascar from 1863 until 1871 when he was transferred to Mauritius when the CMS relinquished the Madagascar Mission. He married Eliza Hobbs, daughter of the CMS missionary, Stephen Hobbs in 1868. Following a furlough in England, he returned to missionary service in Japan, stationed at Nagasaki, and it was here that his wife died in 1887. In 1886 he became Archdeacon of Japan and in 1890, Archdeacon of Nagasaki and South Japan. He subsequently married again in 1891 to Alice Pointer (d 1892) and retired to England in 1893 where he died in 1896. He was involved in translation work and he translated the First Reading Book into Malagasy and Pinnock's Analysis of the Old Testament History into Japanese. He also revised the Occasional Services of the Malagasy Prayer Book.

Source: 'Register of missionaries (clerical, lay & female) and native clergy from 1804 to 1904' (Church Missionary Society, 1905), and unpublished additions to this register in the CMS Archive.
Custodial HistoryDeposited with the CMS by Capt. A. G. Maundrell, Grouville, Jersey, 1965. Transferred on permanent loan to the University of Birmingham by the CMS in the 1980s.
Related MaterialThe Special Collections Department holds the Church Missionary Society Archive, the official archive of the society, (GB 0150 CMS), which includes papers relating to the service of these families with the CMS


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