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March 13, 2022

28 Amazing Photographs Capture Everyday Life in China From the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries

William Charles White was an Anglican Bishop educated at Wycliffe College in Toronto and ordained as an Anglican Minister in 1896. He worked as a missionary in China from 1909-1934, and became the first Anglican bishop of Henan Province in 1910.

During his time in China, he developed a great interest in Chinese culture and literature and became a collector for the Royal Ontario Museum. Bishop White was also Professor of Chinese Studies at the University of Toronto until 1948.

The photographs in these sets depict life in China and missionary work from the late 1800s to the early 1900s, especially in Hangzhou (Zhejiang Province) and Fuzhou (Fujian Province). Of special interest are photographs of Chinese craftspeople at work, and photographs of the graves of victims of the Kucheng Massacre at the mission cemetery of Fuzhou.


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