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Rev Gitau and Karanja, Kikuyu, Kenya, August 1926
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University of Southern California. Libraries
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University of Southern California Digital Library
International Mission Photography Archive, ca.1860-ca.1960
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National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EW, Scotland, UK
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[Listed from Left to Right] "Andrea Wainaina, Rev Mr Stevenson, Rev Musa Gitau, Chief Philip Karanja". External view of some of the minsters of Kikuyu. Chief Philip Karanja, seen on the right, was the first convert to be baptised (ca.1908). The Kikuyu Mission had been founded on a temporary site by the Imperial British East Africa Company in 1891, before moving to Kikuyu territory in 1898, under the Rev. Thomas Watson. Located on the ‘lower shamba’, the site stands 12 miles from Nairobi, at a distance of approximately 342 miles away from the coast. The Church of Scotland assumed control of the Mission in 1901.The mission church was built as a memorial to Dr Ruffelle Scott who originally began the building of a mission church as a memorial to the Reverend Thomas Watson, who died in 1900. ❧ "A Series of Photos illustrating Life and Work at Kikuyu. August 1926. Rev W.B. Stevenson."
Photographic prints, 10.7 x 8.2 cm.
Gitau, Musa (Rev), Minister, Kikuyu, Kenya, fl.1926
Karanja, Philip (Chief), Kikuyu, Kenya, fl.1908-1926
Stevenson, W.B. (Rev.), minister, Chogoria fl.1926
Wainaina, Andrea, Kikuyu, Kenya, fl.1926
Indigenous peoples
Group portraits
Religious people
Time Period
Central Province
Acc.7548/F/22 [Reference number]
NLS DOD ID: 75654172 [File]
International Mission Photography Archive, ca.1860-ca.1960
Photographs from Scottish Missions, the National Library of Scotland
Photographs of Kikuyu mission, Kenya by Rev. W B Stevenson, 1926

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