He was educated at London University and ordained in 1850. After curacies in Devon and Lincolnshire, he joined William Tozer (Bishop in Central Africa) on a mission to Nyasaland in 1863. He was appointed Bishop in Central Africa in 1874 and died on 26 August 1882.
Edward Steere spent several years in Zanzibar, 1864–68, 1872–74, and 1877–82. In 1873 he placed the foundation stone at Christ Church, Zanzibar, in Stone Town, Zanzibar. The cathedral was based on a vision of Edward Steere's who actively contributed to the design; its unique concrete roof shaped in an unusual barrel vault was Steere's idea. Edward Steere also worked with David Livingstone to abolish slavery in Zanzibar. He is buried behind the altar in the church. David Livingstone's aides James Chuma and Abdullah Susi also were part of an expedition lead by Steere. Chuma was captain of the expedition and both men acted as interpreters.
Steere was a considerable linguist and published works on several East African languages and dialects, including Shambala, Yao, Nyamwezi, and Makonde. But he is especially known for his work on Swahili, publishing a Handbook of Swahili in 1870, and he also translated or revised the translation into Swahili of a large part of the Bible.
- Zanzibar Christians
- The Times, Tuesday, Aug 29, 1882; pg. 6; Issue 30598; col D Obituary
- Heanley, R. M. A Memoir of Edward Steere, D.D. Ll.D., Third Missionary Bishop in Central Africa. (see External links).
- Ranger, Terence O.; Kimambo, Isaria N. (1976). The Historical Study of African Religion. University of California Press. ISBN 978-0-520-03179-1.
- The Times, Tuesday, Sep 19, 1882; pg. 4; Issue 30616; col F Bishop Steere And His Work
- 'Workers at the church'
- Waller, Horace (1876). "Paths into the Slave Preserves of East Africa". LSE Selected Pamphlets: 9–23. JSTOR 60221873.
- Dictionary of National Biography entry; see External links below.
- "The Bishop Of Grahamstown (sic) On The Progress Of The Church". Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser. 13 August 1877. Retrieved 2014-09-07 – via British Newspaper Archive. Steere was never Bishop of Grahamstown
- "Ecclesiastical Intelligence". Morning Post. 8 January 1875. Retrieved 2014-09-07 – via The British Newspaper Archive and FindMyPast.
|Wikisource has original works written by or about:|
- Works by Edward Steere at Project Gutenberg
- Works by Edward Steere at LibriVox (public domain audiobooks)
- Works by or about Edward Steere at Internet Archive
- Robert Marshall Heanley (1898) A Memoir of Edward Steere, D.D., LL.D., Office of the Universities' Mission to Central Africa, London (Google ebook)
- Dictionary of National Biography entry Steere, Edward, by C. A. Harris
- Steere's A Handbook of the Swahili Language as spoken at Zanzibar original 1870 edition.
- Steere's A Handbook of the Swahili Language as spoken at Zanzibar revised by A.C. Madan 1894.
|Church of England titles|
| Bishop in Central Africa
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