Harriet Newell Noyes
Harriet Noyes (1844-1924), coming from Seville, Ohio, was a Presbyterian missionary in China for nearly 56 years (1868-1923). Harriet was seen as a pioneer in women's and girls' education in China by many, having opened many day schools and boarding schools in Southern China. Based in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, Harriet is the founder of the True Light Seminary, which still runs to this day as the True Light Middle School of Hong Kong and the Kowloon True Light Middle School, among other sister schools.
Image 1.2 (above): True Light Seminary pupils in Chapel.
The Presbyterian Board of Foreign Missions, The South China Mission, and True Light Seminary
The Presbyterian Board of Foreign Missions commissioned its South China mission in 1845, which continued running until approximately 1945.
Image 1.3 (above): The original True Light Seminary building, 1872.
Perspectives on Mission Work
A number of forces, choices, values, and other factors led Harriet Noyes to be a missionary in China. This section of the website will analyze Harriet as a worker, as well as the compensation that women missionaries received compared to men.