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Baptism, Tanzania, December 1924
Date Created and/or Issued
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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
National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EW, Scotland, UK
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“Baptised at Iringa 12/24.” Group portrait of four adults and a child who are dressed in white and have all, presumably, been baptised. ❧ The Church of Scotland, based in Malawi [Nyasaland], took over the work of the Berliner Missionsgesellschaft [Berlin Missionary Society], in the Iringa district of Tanzania, after the deportation of German missionaries during the First World War. The British authorities were concerned that the mission stations were being used to supply the enemy and that they exerted too great an influence in the region. James Hetherwick, from Blantyre, was worried that the German missionaries would not be allowed to return and their successful work would falter. He appealed to Robert Laws at Livingstonia to cooperate in caring for the German fields. ❧ Andrew M. Anderson and Duncan Ross Mackenzie were the two main participants in Iringa and the Churches custodianship of the Berlin Missionary society’s property. The indigenous population were predominately from the Hehe tribe and the three main stations were at Lupembe, Kidugala and Ilembula with numerous sub-stations, many of which had fallen into disrepair after the war. ❧ When the German missionaries started to return there were disputes over whether they should be allowed to return to their former station. The Church of Scotland home authorities eventually ruled, in 1925, that the German missions should be returned. ❧ This image belongs to an album of photographs collected by Dr. Stevenson and includes images from India, China and Africa.
Photographic prints, 5.5 x 4 cm.
Group portraits
Mission churches
Time Period
Acc.7548/F/4 [Reference number]
NLS DOD ID: 75641207 [File]
International Mission Photography Archive, ca.1860-ca.1960
Photographs from Scottish Missions, the National Library of Scotland
Photographs from various mission fields collected by Dr. Stevenson

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