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100805
  • Title
    James Mathers - journals of mission work among the poor in Sydney, 1897-1911
  • Creator
  • Call number
    MLMSS 7260
  • Level of description
    Collection
  • Date

    1897-1911
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
    100805
  • Physical Description
    2 boxes - 0.36 Meters
    Textual Records - (manuscript)
  • ADMINISTRATIVE/ BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY

    James Mathers was a missionary for the Sydney City Mission from 1897 to 1911. Born in Lurgan, Ireland, in 1852, he grew up in Glasgow. He became an active lay missionary in Scotland. After emigrating to Sydney in 1897 he worked as a missionary in slum areas of The Rocks and Millers Point until his death in 1911.
  • Scope and Content
    Sixteen volumes: fifteen volumes of diaries describing Mathers' daily work among the poor; one volume containing notes about the free breakfasts organised by Mathers, 1903-1904, and lists of donations, 1908. The Sydney City Mission issued Mathers with two diaries to be used in alternate months. At the end of each month he submitted one of the diaries to the Mission Secretary and used the other to record his activities.

    Item 01
    Journal of Mr James Mathers missionary for The Rocks District, July 1897-January 1899

    Item 02
    Journal of Mr James Mathers missionary for The Rocks District, August 1897-December 1898

    Item 03
    Journal of Mr James Mathers missionary for The Rocks District, January 1899-March 1901

    Item 04
    Journal of Mr James Mathers missionary for The Rocks District, February 1899-December 1900

    Item 05
    Journal of Mr James Mathers missionary for The Rocks District, February 1901-August 1902

    Item 06
    Journal of Mr James Mathers missionary for The Rocks District, October 1902-June 1904

    Item 07
    Journal of Mr James Mathers missionary for The Rocks District, May 1901-January 1903

    Item 08
    Journal of Mr James Mathers missionary for The Rocks District, March 1903-October 1904

    Item 09
    Journal of Mr James Mathers missionary for The Rocks District, October 1904-April 1907

    Item 10
    Journal of Mr James Mathers missionary for The Rocks District, July 1904-March 1907

    Item 11
    Journal of Mr James Mathers missionary for The Rocks District, May 1907-May 1909

    Item 12
    Journal of Mr James Mathers missionary for The Rocks District, June 1907-August 1908

    Item 13
    Journal of Mr James Mathers missionary for The Rocks District, August 1908-October 1910

    Item 14
    Journal of Mr James Mathers missionary for The Rocks District, July 1909-March 1911

    Item 15
    Journal of Mr James Mathers missionary for The Rocks District, December 1910-February 1911

    Item 16
    Journal of Mr James Mathers missionary for The Rocks District, September 1903-October 1904
  • Source
    Presented by Elaine Scott in 2000
  • Access Conditions

    This material is held offsite and can take up to four days to retrieve.
  • General note

    An account of Mathers' work can be found in 'City of God, city of man: images of the slum, 1897-1911' by Malcolm Prentis in 'Gritty Cities: Images of the Urban', edited by Lynette Finch and Chris McConville, 1999 (Mitchell Library printed books collection 307.76/1)
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