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White Man's Country file 3, 23 Oct 1919-31 Dec 1921


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File labelled 'Papers from H.R. Tate', Provincial Commissioner, Nyeri, which deal with problems of indigenous labour in 1919-1920.

  1. (fols 1-7) - printed copy of Labour Circular number 1, signed by John Ainsworth, Chief Native Commissioner, about native labour required for non-native farms and other private undertakings; also memoranda on the same subject by Tate, Ainsworth, and Sir Edward Northey, Governor of Kenya. 23 Oct 1919-13 Jan 1920.
  2. (fols 8-10) - cyclostyled notes of three Protestant Missionary Societies working in Kenya Province, with the Rev. Dr Arthur in the Chair. The meeting was held at the Church Missionary Society's station of Waithage to discuss the labour problem in relation to missionary principles and endeavour. Dec 1919.
  3. (fols 11-12) - Memorandum by Tate on 'An Ordinance to make provision for increasing Native Hut and Poll Tax', addressed to the Chief Native Commissioner, Nairobi (Ainsworth), with an extract from H.E. Sir Charles Bowring's Minute in reply, 16 Jan-8 Feb 1920.
  4. (fols 13-17) - letter from A. Wade, Acting District Commissioner, Kyambu, to the Acting Provincial Commissioner, Ukambu, giving an account of his endeavours 'to give practical expression to Labour Circular No.1' in his methods of raising labour for coffee picking, 29 Jan 1920.
  5. (fol 18) - appendix to Secretariat Circular No.10 of 19 Feb 1920 on Native Land Tenure, n.d.
  6. (fols 19-30) - copies of correspondence and memoranda on labour recruitment in the Meru, Embu and Fort Hall districts, signed by Ll. A. Feild Jones, D.C. Fort Hall; J.A.G. Elliot, D.C. Embu; and H.R. Tate. There are copies also of a resolution on the subject passed by the Thika District Association and a telegram from the association to Sir Edward Northey. 10 Mar-7 Apr 1920.
  7. (fols 31-36) - copy of a printed Despatch from Lord Milner to the Governor of the East Africa Protectorate relating to Native Labour, and papers connected therewith. The latter include Labour Circulars Nos. 1, 2, and 3 signed by Ainsworth, and the Bishop's Memorandum on Native Labour, signed R.S. Mombasa, J.J. Uganda, and J.W. Arthur, Church of Scotland Mission. Aug 1920.
  8. (fols 37-45) - Ordinance No. 58, by Edward Northey, Governor, known as 'The Game Ordinance 1921', 31 Dec 1921.


  • Creation: 23 Oct 1919-31 Dec 1921


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Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Afr. s. 782 box 1, file 3