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Tea growing in Limeru, African tea growing and copies of documents from the Colonial/Commonwealth Development Corporation (CDC) archive, 1957-2004

MS. 20574/3
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File 1: Information on tea growing in Limuru comprising notes on the early tea farmers' output from 1936 to 1945, notes on interview with Francis Githaiga Wacima and Jean Wanjiu Cliffe in 2003, reflections by McWilliam on M.P.K. Sorrenson's Land reform in the Kikuyu country (1967) in relation to Limuru, 2004.

Also information on African tea comprising:
  1. Notes on Agriculture Department files from 1939 to 1957 with copy of 1954 letter on tea cultivation by Africans.
  2. Notes on Central Province Tea Board minutes from 1957 to 1958.
  3. Memoranda by McWilliam in 1957 including visit to Ragati Factory and comments on Working Party report on establishment of an authority to promote development of cash crops for small holders.
  4. G. Gamble's 'Expansion of Tea Planting in the Central Province', Aug 1958, with map showing proposed tea expansion area.
Copies taken in 1997-1999 of documents from the Commonwealth Development Corporation's archive relating to smallholder tea development and the Kenya Tea Development Authority comprising:
  1. File 2: Smallholder development, 1958-1960.
  2. File 3: Special Crops Development Authority, 1960-1964.
  3. File 4: Kenya Tea Development Authority, 1964-1967.


  • 1957-2004


4 folders

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. 20574/3

Repository Details

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