Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)CMS/ACC445
TitleAccession 445: Biography of Miss Eleanor Harrison
Extent1 file
DescriptionThis is a copy of a detailed biography of Eleanor Jane Harrison compiled by H. J. Griffin covering her family history, early life and life as a missionary in China until her capture and killing by bandits in 1930. Also included are photocopies of letters written by Miss Harrison while in captivity.
ArrangementThis collection forms part of the Church Missionary Society Unofficial Papers. It is arranged into one series: Miscellaneous Papers
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 HistoryEleanor Jane Harrison (1871-1930) was accepted by the CMS as a missionary in 1895 and the following year sailed for the Fukien mission in China. She continued her missionary work in China for the next thirty-five years, mainly teaching and itineration work. One of her pupils, Moses Hsieh, converted to Christianity and went on to become ordained and later an Anglican bishop. In 1930 she and her colleague Miss Edith Nettleton were captured by Communist bandits and eventually killed. Six years later a search party was mounted to find their remains which were discovered and returned to the Foochow cemetery for burial.
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of missionaries (clerical, lay & female) and native clergy from 1804 to 1904 (Church Missionary Society, 1905), and unpublished additions to this register in the CMS archives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 HistoryDeposited with the CMS in July 1980 and transferred to the Special Collections Department in July 2003
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 Eleanor Harrison's missionary work


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