Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)CMS/ACC348
TitleAccession 348: Papers of Augustus Henry Lash
Extent11 vols., 9 files, and 5 docs.
DescriptionThis collection largely comprises the manuscript writings of Augustus Henry Lash as a CMS missionary. These writings include teaching and sermon notes, poems, hymns, stories and articles, and a vocabulary notebook. The collection also includes diaries of deputation work Lash undertook for the CMS during two stays in England, one in 1874-1875 and the other in 1880-1881. These are detailed records of tours around the country with descriptions of the places he visited and the people he met, as well as personal and family information. There is also an incomplete autobiography principally about his work in India but which begins with his work as a Sunday school teacher before becoming a missionary, and some recollections of India by his second wife.
ArrangementThis collection forms part of the Church Mission Society Unofficial Papers. It is arranged into one series: Family Papers.
Access ConditionsAccess to all registered readers
Finding AidsA catalogue of this collection (forming part of the wider CMS/ACC 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 HistoryAugustus Henry Lash (1838-1932) of Cork was educated in a Naval School. He was accepted as a CMS missionary in 1866. He was Principal of Sarah Tucker Female Training Institution, Palamcottah, South India from 1866 until 1883 and under his charge, the Institution became an important centre of influence, training many native Christian schoolmistresses and having a large system of Branch Schools in different towns and villages in connection with it. He retired from the CMS in 1883 and became the Organising Secretary for the India Female Normal School Society until 1890. He rejoined the CMS in 1890 and started the Buchanan Institution on the lines of the Sarah Tucker Institution at Pallam, Travancore Mission until 1893 when he transferred to Ootacamund as Superintendent of the Nilgiri and Wynaad Tamil mission. He retired in 1909. He married twice: in 1864 to Alicia Elizabeth de Clare Quinlan, who died in 1892; and Emma Gehrich who was in service with the CEZMS at Palamcottah, 1877-1893.
Reference: 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 archives
Custodial HistoryPresented to the CMS by E. M. Freeman, June 1976; transferred on permanent loan to the Special Collections Department by the CMS in the 1980s
Related MaterialAnother personal diary of Augustus Lash, which includes an account of his journey to Madras, South India, 1866-1867, can be found in the CMS Unofficial Papers (GB 0150 CMS/ACC42). The Special Collections Department also holds the Church Missionary Society Archive, the official archive of the society (GB 0150 CMS), which includes papers relating to Lash's service as a CMS missionary.


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