You Do Not Travel in China at the Full Moon: Agnes Moncrieff's Letters from China 1930-1945

You Do Not Travel in China at the Full Moon: Agnes Moncrieff's Letters from China 1930-1945

by Barbara Francis

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Overview


In April 1938 Agnes Moncrieff, in her role as the YWCA of New Zealand’s foreign secretary to the YWCA of China, wrote to her mother, ‘You do not travel in China at the full moon if you can help. There are always air raids.’ Nessie, as she preferred to be called, was an indomitable spirit and source of strength for many women in China during the Second Sino-Japanese War. There from 1930–1945, she is the only New Zealander to ever be seconded to the YWCA of China. These fascinating excerpts drawn from hundreds of her typed and handwritten letters tell of a remarkable woman, her experiences living and working in China, her observations of Chinese and Japanese military strategies, and her horror at what was taking place around her.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781776560882
Publisher: Victoria University Press
Publication date: 01/01/2018
Edition description: None
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.75(h) x (d)

About the Author


Barbara Francis came to Wellington in 1956 to study at the Teachers’ Training College. She met Nessie Moncrieff through the Student Christian Movement (SCM), and only later discovered she was in fact Agnes Moncrieff. In 1959, as an SCM travelling secretary, she boarded with Nessie in her Wellington home, and their friendship continued until Nessie’s death. Barbara worked as a teacher and raised her family in Christchurch, returning to live in Wellington in 2005. It was then she learned that Nessie’s letters from China were in the Alexander Turnbull Library and she began typing up and assembling them so that Nessie’s story could be shared.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations 7

List of Maps 11

Acknowledgements 12

Introduction 17

1 A Different Course, 1898-1929 19

2 First Term: Peiping, 28 February 1930-July 1934 25

3 Home, Travels and Return to China, 1934-1937 53

4 Hankow, September-December 1937 70

5 Hankow and the Godown, January-March 1938 91

6 After the Godown, April-July 1938 119

7 Travels, July-October 1938 143

8 Back in Shanghai, October-December 1938 169

9 Sojourn in Hong Kong, January-February 1939 177

10 Return to Shanghai, March-May 1939 185

11 More Travels, May-August 1939 193

12 Final Time in Shanghai, September 1939-July 1940 205

13 The Burma Road, 1940-1941 219

14 Third Term: Chengtu, December 1941-October 1945 247

15 After China, November 1946-June 1988 263

Notes and References 266

Bibliography 275

Index of Names 278

Index of Places 288

General Index 291

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