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In 1880, the missionary Dr. MacKay was recalled to his duty in Canada to recount his eight-year preaching experience in Taiwan. When his countrymen learned that Dr. MacKay was teaching students under tree shades or in open spaces, they donated over six thousand Canadian dollars in support of building a school.

After returning to Taiwan, Dr. MacKay began his plan on constructing the first modern educational institute in Taiwan. He was involved in the entire process, including choosing a location, working on the blueprint, supervising the workers, and importing materials such as bricks and lumber from Amoy, China. Completed in 1882, the school was named “Oxford College” in honor of his countrymen.



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Text and images are provided byTamsui Historical Digital Archives Program,Taiwan (Department of Architecture, Tamkang University)