Missionary Heroes of Africa – a Book for Children

Sarah Geraldina Stock [1839-1898], Missionary Heroes of AfricaSarah Stock’s book for children on the Missionary Heroes of Africa provides a summary of the lives of many of the men and women who served on that Continent. It is heavily illustrated in pen and ink, so I have tried to reproduce these images in greyscale. Sadly the title-page seems to be missing and some pages were badly foxed. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing me with a copy to scan. This book is in the public domain.

Sarah Geraldina Stock [1839-1898], Missionary Heroes of Africa. London: London Missionary Society, 1898. Hbk. pp.204. [Click to download book in PDF]



  1. A Talk about Heroes and Africa
  2. The First Heroes of South Africa
  3. Heroes of Sierra Leone
  4. The Hero of Bechuana Land
  5. Heroes of East Africa
  6. The Hero of Central Africa
  7. Heroes of the Shiré Highlands
  8. Heroes of the Niger
  9. Heroes of Zanzibar and Nyassa Land
  10. The Hero of Garenganze
  11. The Little Hero of Tanganyika
  12. Heroes of the Congo
  13. Heroes of Uganda (Part I.)
  14. Heroes of Uganda (Part II.)

A Closing Word

Chapter 2: The First Heroes of South Africa

I daresay you have often heard people talk of going to “the Cape.” The voyage thither is a very pleasant trip, and the air at the Cape is very healthy, so that weak and sickly people who go out there soon get strong again. But what is ”the Cape “? It is part of South Africa which belongs to the English, and has become an English colony. It was not the English who first discovered if. Three hundred years ago some Portuguese, sailing along the coast, came to a rocky headland jutting out into the sea. They called it first the “Stormy Cape,” but afterwards the name was changed to the “Cape of Good Hope,” because by passing round it ships could get into the Indian Ocean, and India could be reached. And in those days ail the merchants wanted to trade with India.

About fifty years later some Dutch ships came to the Cape, and some Dutchmen landed in the beautiful bay called Table Bay below the flat-topped Table Mountain. There they built a fort, and settled down to trade with the natives round about. [Continue reading]

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  1. Thanks. What an excellent record of days gone by.
    Some direct, plain speaking about slavery and the Mohammedans.

    She writes:

    “What other countries are there where slaves are bought and sold ? It is sad to remember that this used to be done in Christian countries! Now this wickedness in Christian lands has been stopped, but in Mohammedan lands, that is, lands where the people believe in the false prophet, Mohammed, it is always going on. The Mohammedans are the great slave-dealers. I am sorry to tell you that all the northern part of Africa is in the hands of the Mohammedans.”

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