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Collection Level Description: Microfilm copies of the papers of Reverend Canon Peter Geoffrey Bostock

Reference: GB 0162 Micr.Afr.642
Title: Microfilm copies of the papers of Reverend Canon Peter Geoffrey Bostock
Dates of Creation: 1899-[ca.1959]
Extent: 6 reels
Name of Creator: Peter Geoffrey Bostock

Language of Material: eng



Administrative/Biographical History

Peter Geoffrey Bostock was born on the 24 December 1911 and educated at Charterhouse, Godalming, Surrey; The Queen's College, Oxford, and Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. He was ordained as a Deacon in 1935 and worked for the Church Missionary Society as a missionary in Kenya (1935-1958). During his time in Kenya, Bostock was ordained as a Priest (1937), Canon of Diocese of Mombasa (1952), Archdeacon (1953-1958) and Vicar-General (1955-1958). Bostock was also Examining Chaplain to the Bishop of Mombasa (1950-1958), Chairman of the Christian Council of Kenya (1957-1958), Archdeacon of Doncaster and Vicar at High Melton (1959-1967), Assistant Secretary of the Missionary and Ecumenical Council of Church Assembly (1967-1971), and Clergy Appointments Adviser (1973-1976).

Scope and Content

Microfilm copies of the papers of Reverend Canon Peter Geoffrey Bostock as Church Missionary Society missionary in Kenya (1935-1958), and Archdeacon of Mombasa, dealing mainly with the Anglican Church's response to Mau Mau rehabilitation and social problems through the work of the Christian Council of Kenya and Inter-Church Aid (later Christian Aid). With a series of annual letters to the Church Missionary Society headquarters in London from Bostock and his predecessor Reverend H.T. Harris (1931-1933, 1935-1958), notes on the Taita tribe, articles, press-cuttings and other historical material (1899-1950s).

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Deposited by Reverend Canon Peter Geoffrey Bostock on the 25 August 1992.

Access Conditions

Bodleian reader's ticket required.

Reproduction Restrictions

No reproduction or publication of personal papers without permission. Contact the library in the first instance.

Further Information

Finding Aids

The library holds a card index of all manuscript collections in its reading room and a handlist is also available for this collection.

Listed as no. 952 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994(Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996).

Access Points

Bostock | Peter Geoffrey | b 1911 | Archdeacon of Doncaster

Mau Mau

Kikuyu (African people) | Political activity

Taita (African people)

Missionary societies

Missionaries | Kenya | Correspondence

Church Missionary Society


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13 December 2011