Joseph Salter


Joseph Salter was a missionary based in the East End of London who focused his energies on 'Asiatics'. He worked for the London City Mission. Salter was the first and resident missionary at the Strangers' Home for Asiatics, Asians and South Sea Islanders, founded in 1857. The Maharaja Duleep Singh was one of the main benefactors for the Home. Salter wrote two books about his work with ex-lascars and other immigrants through this Home and his work in the area. He dedicated his first book to Duleep Singh. Salter gave various ethnographic sketches of the different people he met through his missionary work. He met Indians from the upper classes as well working class. He studied Hindi with the valet of Meer Jafur, the son of a courtier to the Gaekwad of Baroda, in order to evangelize to London-based Indians. Salter also helped establish the Ayahs' Home in Aldgate.

Published works: 

The Asiatic in England: Sketches of Sixteen Years among Orientals (London: Seeley, Jackson, and Halliday, 1873)

The East in the West (London: S. W. Partridge & Co., 1896)

Secondary works: 

Fisher, Michael, Counterflows to Colonialism: Indian Travellers and Settlers in Britain 1600-1857 (Delhi: Permanent Black, 2004)

Mathur, Saloni, India by Design: Colonial History and Cultural Display (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007)

Visram, Rozina, Asians in Britain: 400 Years of History (London: Pluto Press, 2002)

Archive source: 

L/PJ/6/2122, India Office Records, Asian and African Studies Reading Room, British Library, St Pancras

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E. B. Bhose


E. B. Bhose was a missionary in charge of lascars in Britain. He was originally from Bengal and had worked with coolies in the West Indies before arriving in Britain. He was part of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel.

In 1887, Bhose was appointed chaplain at St Luke's Lascar Mission in Victoria Docks. His mission room was also used as a Sunday school and a club room for leisure activities. Bhose visited lascars on the ships. He wrote regular mission reports which noted the observance of Muslim festivals by lascars in the ports. He died in 1905.

Contributions to periodicals: 

St Andrew's Waterside Church Mission Reports

Secondary works: 

Barrett, Daniel William, Sketches of Church Life in the Counties of Essex and Hertfordshire (London: Skeffington & Son, 1902)

Miller, Robert, From Shore to Shore (R. Miller, 1989)

Visram, Rozina, Asians in Britain: 400 Years of History (London: Pluto Press, 2002)

Other names: 

Reverend E. B. Bhose


St Luke's Lascar Mission E16 1SL
United Kingdom
51° 30' 44.5644" N, 0° 0' 52.7868" E
Date of death: 
01 Mar 1905
Precise date of death unknown: 
Location of death: 

St Luke's Lascar Mission, Victoria Docks, London

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