Edward Steere

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lithograph of Edward Steere

Edward Steere was a colonial bishop in the 19th century.[1]

He was born in 1828, educated at London University and ordained in 1850.[2] After curacies in Devon and Lincolnshire, he joined Bishop Tozer seven years later. He was created Bishop of Nyasaland [3] in 1874 and died on 26 August 1882.[4]

He placed the foundation stone at Christ Church, Zanzibar in Stone Town, Zanzibar. Edward Steere also worked with David Livingstone to abolish slavery in Zanzibar.

Edward Steere is now buried behind the altar in the church.[5]


  1. ^ Zanzibar Christians
  2. ^ The Times, Tuesday, Aug 29, 1882; pg. 6; Issue 30598; col D Obituary
  3. ^ The Historical study of African religion Ranger, T.O/ Kimambo,I.N: Berkeley University of California Press, 1972 ISBN ISBN 0-520-07835-7
  4. ^ The Times, Tuesday, Sep 19, 1882; pg. 4; Issue 30616; col F Bishop Steere And His Work
  5. ^ 'Workers at the church'


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Church of England titles
Preceded by
William George Tozer
Bishop of Nyasaland
1874 –1882
Succeeded by
Charles Alan Smythies