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One of the girls, Kikuyu, Kenya, ca.1911
Arthur, John William, Medical Missionary, Kikuyu, Kenya, 1881-1952
Date Created and/or Issued
circa 1911
Publication Information
University of Southern California. Libraries
Contributing Institution
University of Southern California Digital Library
International Mission Photography Archive, ca.1860-ca.1960
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National Library of Scotland
National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EW, Scotland, UK
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"The girls work started some years ago in Laundry work. After a little while the fathers began to realise that the hearts of the girls were being turned, and that if they allowed it to continue, they would lose the marriage dowry that should come to them at marriage. They took the girls away from the Laundry, and forbad them coming to us: however, the seed had been sown, and nothing would keep them away. Eventually three of them desired to make their public profession, and this they did at early morning Communion on Sunday. They went home to be beaten and were beaten several times before we could consent to take them in, but at last we were forced to, and that was the beginning of our Girls Boarding School. To-day there are 22 girls in residence. The same changes we have seen in the lives of the boys have equally come over the girls." Portrait of young indigenous girl. ❧ "This Lecture was prepared by Dr J.W. Arthur in October 1911 on his voyage to Mombasa. The set of slides is the gift to the Kikuyu Mission of the Young Peoples Meeting at the Burgh Hall, Hillhead, of which he was for many years a member." A green folder marked 'Kikuyu' and containing lecture notes and relevant photographs to accompany lantern slides.
Photographic prints, 8 x 10 cm.
Indigenous peoples
Time Period
circa 1911
Central Province
Acc.7548/F/21 [Reference number]
NLS DOD ID: 75654571 [File]
International Mission Photography Archive, ca.1860-ca.1960
Lecture Notes by Dr. J W Arthur, Photographs of the Kikuyu mission, British East Africa (Kenya)
Photographs from Scottish Missions, the National Library of Scotland

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