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Missionary's tale told in exhibition

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: September 12, 2012

A NEW exhibition is to open in Swansea Museum documenting the life of British Christian missionary, the Reverend Griffith John, originally born in Green Hill, Swansea.

The exhibition is to be a celebration of his life, work and influence during the extensive period of time he spent in China.

Based mainly in Hunan and Hubei after arriving in 1855, Reverend Griffith John became a popular figure who was recognised for many notable achievements in his lifetime. His fluent communication skills in Chinese resulted in him translating the entire New Testament and considerable chunks of the Old Testament into the Chinese language for the first time.

The Reverend also published a number pamphlets and articles upon assuming a position as Chairman of the Central China Tract Society and as the founding member of the Permanent Committee for the Promotion of Anti-Opium Societies. Reverend Griffith John finally passed away in 1912 leaving behind him a rich and colourful history.

As 2012 marks the centenary since his death, Swansea Museum's new exhibition is seeking to introduce and inform a wider audience of his achievements.

The exhibition will open its doors on October 16 and run until February 18, 2013 to coincide with the Chinese New Year.

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