Uganda by Pen and Camera


Charles William Hattersley (1866–1934) was a British missionary who joined the Church Missionary Society in early 1897 after having managed a cutlery works in Sheffield. In September of that year he left England for Uganda, where he helped to set up the system of primary education, was involved in educating the sons of Ugandan chiefs, and eventually served as headmaster of the Church Missionary Society school on Mengo Hill in Kampala. An enthusiastic amateur photographer, Hattersley became the official photographer to the Ugandan court and the church. His Uganda by Pen and Camera is mainly an appeal for the recruitment of new missionaries published by the Religious Tract Society in London, but the book also contains valuable information about the history and culture of Uganda. The first chapter describes the arduous journey taken by the missionaries to reach Uganda. Other subjects covered are traditional religion; the character and role of King Daudi Chwa II, grandson of King Mutesa I and son of King Mwanga II; and the spread of Christianity and its effect on Ugandan society. The chapter on religion discusses Katonda, as the Baganda called God, and the traditional Bagand belief that Katonda had sent Kintu and Kintu’s wife, Nambi, into the world to bear children and to populate the Earth. Some 30 of Hattersley’s photographs are included.

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The Religious Track Society, London



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xiv, 138 pages : illustrations, photographs


  • From the Uganda Christian University. Digitized at the National Library of Uganda with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York

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