George Bennet (missionary)

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George Bennet

George Bennet (16 April 1774 – 13 November 1841) was an English missionary from Sheffield, Yorkshire.

Life[edit]

Bennet was a Congregationalist organiser in Sheffield.[1] In 1821 he set out with Daniel Tyerman, supported financially by the London Missionary Society. He travelled to China, Southeast Asia, and India for the LMS with Tyerman.[2][3]

Bennet stopped in Macau during his Pacific voyage. He was impressed by the garden and aviary of opium trader Thomas Beale, devoting 45 pages of his travelogue to them.[4] Bennet and Tyerman made an extended stay in Tahiti, and Bennet's letters from there were published in the Sheffield Iris by James Montgomery.[5] Tyerman died in Madagascar, where they had set up missions with the support of King Radama I.[6]

After his voyage Bennet gave historical artifacts that he had collected to the Natural History Museum. He died in London on 13 November 1841.[7] He is buried with a monument in his memory in Sheffield General Cemetery. with an inscription.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alan Kidd; David Nicholls (8 October 1999). Gender, Civic Culture and Consumerism: Middle-Class Identity in Britain, 1800-1940. Manchester University Press. p. 52. ISBN 978-0-7190-5676-5. 
  2. ^ Montgomery, James; Daniel Tyerman; George Bennet (1832). Journal of voyages and travels by the Rev. Daniel Tyerman and George Bennet, esq: deputed from the London missionary society, to visit their various stations in the South Sea Islands, China, India, etc. between the years 1821 and 1829, Volume 3. London Missionary Society. 
  3. ^ Porter, Andrew N. (2004). Religion versus empire?: British Protestant missionaries and overseas expansion, 1700-1914. Manchester University Press. p. 165. ISBN 978-0-7190-2823-6. 
  4. ^ Fan, Fa-ti (2004). British Naturalists in Qing China: Science, Empire, and Cultural Encounter. Cambridge, MA and London: Harvard University Press.  pp. 44-45
  5. ^ Alan Kidd; David Nicholls (8 October 1999). Gender, Civic Culture and Consumerism: Middle-Class Identity in Britain, 1800-1940. Manchester University Press. p. 54. ISBN 978-0-7190-5676-5. 
  6. ^  Lee, Sidney, ed. (1899). "Tyerman, Daniel". Dictionary of National Biography. 57. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 
  7. ^ Register of Missionaries, Deputations, Etc., from 1796 to 1896. 1896. p. 353.