For the Love of China

Jane Ashby

Yorkshire & Humber
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Paid: 30
29th October 2018

An interesting talk on how life was lived in the mid Victorian age in China for the the wives of the Missionaries. Following my research into the life of my great grandfather, who spent 30 years in Canton. My great grandmother, Jane Wannop originally from Cumbria and who followed him out to China when she was only 18. She quickly involved herself in the mission and started a very successful school in Canton. Girls who were usually kept at home by their families gradually attended where their lives changed for the better.

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About Jane Ashby

I am retired and have been interested for some time in the history of my family including self publishing a biography of George Piercy my great grandfather, who was a missionary in China from 1851 to 1883. His was a fascinating life, which is why I am enthusiastic to talk about him.

I am a churchwarden at my local church and we have lived near York for over 25 years. My interests vary from singing in York University Choir, belonging to an Art's Society and of course researching history. Besides my book on George Piercy, I am planning a second book on the women in China in the mid 1800s. When I am not too busy with my various pursuits I enjoy riding and walking. I have three children, all now grown up, and two grandchildren in Australia, as my son works as a lawyer there. My other son is married and lives near Liverpool and my daughter lives in Bournemouth.

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