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Papers of Samuel Burnside B. McElderry

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MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 595

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Album of photographs taken on first tour of service as Administrative Officer in Hong Kong, c1909-1911; diary of service as Deputy Chief Secretary in Tanganyika, and Chief Secretary in Zanzibar, 1933-1934.


  • Creation: c1909-1911, 1933-1934


1 box

Language of Materials

  • English

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MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 595

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 3227

Biographical / Historical

Samuel Burnside Boyd McElderry (1885-1984) worked in the Hong Kong Administrative Service, 1909-1928. He then gained the post of Deputy Chief Secretary, Tanganyika, 1929-1933 and Chief Secretary, Zanzibar, 1933-1940. He was attached to the office of High Commissioner for Basutoland, Bechuanaland Protectorate and Swaziland (Pretoria and Cape Town), 1940-1945, and was then temporarily employed by the Colonial Office, 1945-1946. He was a Member of Council, Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind, 1951-1970 and a member of the Royal National Institute for the Blind, 1958-1970. In 1913 he married Mildred Mary Orme, with whom he had three daughters.

Other Finding Aids

Listed as no. 595 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were donated to the library by Samuel McElderry's son-in-law, W. Wenban-Smith Esq., through the Oxford Colonial Archives Project, in September 1985.

Papers of Samuel Burnside B. McElderry
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