Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)CMS/ACC912
TitleAccession 912: Papers of Alfred Ernest Wyatt and Edith Victoria Wyatt (nee Parker)
Extent2 boxes, 2 o/s items
DescriptionThis collection consists of the personal correspondence between Alfred Ernest Wyatt (known as Rex) and his wife, Edith Victoria Wyatt (known as Don) dating from before their marriage up to the return of Rex Wyatt from Nigeria in 1951 and reunion with his wife and family in England. Other material includes two formal addresses presented to Rex Wyatt, formal group photographs taken in Nigeria and miscellaneous printed documents.
ArrangementThis collection forms part of the Church Missionary 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 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 HistoryEdith Victoria Parker (known as Don) (1907-2002) was accepted for training as a CMS missionary in 1935 and, after training, left for Nigeria at the beginning of 1939. Alfred Ernest Wyatt (known as Rex) (1912-1977) was also accepted in 1935 and in 1936 left for Nigeria where he had been appointed as assistant manager and accountant of the CMS's bookshop in Lagos. The two met while both on leave in Nigeria in 1940 and were married in 1941 in South Africa. They had three children: Martin (b 1942 in South Africa), Hilary (b 1945 in England) and Margaret (b 1947 in Nigeria). In 1949, Alfred Wyatt was appointed as the manager of the bookshop in Lagos but resigned in 1950 and returned to England. However, in 1952, Alfred accepted the post of manager of the Uganda bookshop in Kampala; he subsequently transferred to the Diocesan Offices on Namirembe Hill where he worked as an accountant and became a member of the attached staff of the Church of Uganda. Edith and Alfred left Uganda in 1964 and moved to Sheffield where Alfred worked as manager of the SPCK bookshop and then in the Bursar's Department at the University.

Source: Typescript entitled 'A missionary family in Nigeria and Uganda 1936-1964' written by Martin Wyatt, an account of his parents, Alfred Ernest (known as Rex) and Edith Victoria (known as Don) (nee Parker), CMS missionaries.
AcquisitionPresented by a member of the Wyatt family March 2008
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 missionary work of Rex and Don Wyatt.

'A missionary family in Nigeria and Uganda 1936-1964', a typescript family history, was presented in 2006: see CMS/ACC902


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