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Accession Number: 77-021


Reverend Robert Brooking fonds. -- Photocopied and transcribed [between 1957 and 1977], 1894. -- 15 cm of textual records.

Biography / History

Reverend Robert Brooking was a Wesleyan Methodist missionary, born in England in 1813. He began his work with his wife, Elizabeth, on the Gold Coast of Africa but left after several years for health reasons. He and his wife were then sent to Canada, where he ministered to the Indians at Rice Lake, Rama, Alderville, Canada West, and at Norway House in the Hudson's Bay Territory, until he retired in 1880. Elizabeth Brooking died in 1862. Robert Brooking died in 1893.

Custodial History

The fonds was previously owned by the Honourable Leslie M. Frost. The original items are now in the custody of the United Church Archives. The correspondence in file 2 is in the custody of the National Archives of Canada.

Scope and Content

The fonds consists of photocopies and typescripts of correspondence and journals of Reverend Robert Brooking and his wife Elizabeth relating to his service as a missionary in Africa, in Canada West and in the Hudson's Bay Territory. Also included are reports of the Wesleyan Missionary Society, 1851-1857. Some of the items relate to the Hiawatha and Rama Reserves, and Norway House. The original records date from 1839 to 1879.


Title based on the creator of the fonds.

The copy of the fonds was donated by the Honourable Leslie M. Frost.

The originals are located in the United Church Archives at Victoria College, University of Toronto, and at the National Archives of Canada. Copies have also been placed at the Orillia Public Library.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

For related records see: 77-024.

Finding Aid

Box 1


1: letters and extracts, 1851 - 1864, from the files of the Wesleyan Methodist Society; obituary of Robert Brooking, 1894 (typescript)

2: correspondence, 1848-1879, including several letters from the Indian Office and some from Thomas G. Anderson - copies from the National Archives

3: letter, T.B. Freeman, Cape Coast, Africa to Brooking, 11 March 1855 - typescript; "The Substance of what the speaker said on the Love Feast", nd.; Journal of Robert Brooking while serving in the Hudson's Bay Territory, 1855-56

4: journals of Robert Brooking, 1839-45 (Africa); 1855- 59 (Hudson's Bay Territory) - typescripts; journal of Mrs. Elizabeth Brooking, 1844-47 - typescript

5: copies of journals

6: reports of the Wesleyan Missionary Society, 1851- 1857 - typescript; letter H[ ] to Percy F. Webb, 20 Jan 1956, re: Brooking and his daughter, Mary Jane, who married Robert Paudash of the Hiawatha Reserve

Additional material received courtesy of Mr. Thorsten Sjolin, 2010

Typed transcription: Journal of Mrs. Elizabeth Brooking, dated 1844-[184?]; 15 pages