About

This is the blog of Humphrey John Fisher, born in New Zealand in 1933, whose life has taken him to Europe, North America, Africa, the Middle East and Australia.  The blog reflects the diversity of Humphrey’s interests, including his childhood experiences as a war child evacuee, his academic career, specialising in African history and religion, his engagement with diverse religious experience, especially within Christianity and Islam, and the importance he has given to primary historical sources.

A key purpose of this blog for Humphrey is to make such primary source material available for future generations, for example relating to:

  • war experiences in both the first and second World Wars
  • sound recordings, photographic material and Humphrey’s detailed written journals about newly independent African countries
  • and tales from the Welsh borders, where Humphrey has lived since 1986.

The most significant academic task of Humphrey’s career was in fact translating, from the original German, the meticulous account by Gustav Nachtigal of his travels in Africa in the 19th century.  This has made one of the most significant  primary sources on African history available to the English-speaking world, not least in Africa itself.

Humphrey at the Uist Digitisation Centre
Humphrey at the Uist Digitisation Centre

It would not have been possible to upload the sound recordings and photographic material on this blog, without the work at the Uist Digitisation Centre in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, where this material was digitised with great care and expertise.

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From Africa and the Americas to Wales: explorers, slaves and war children; religions, pilgrimage and sermons.

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