Papers of Charles Richard M. O'Brien
Micr. Afr. 431
Copies of letters, in diary form, 1900-1902, including regimental experiences, South African War, January-June 1900, as President of the Military Tribunal in Johannesburg, June 1900-April 1901, the Johannesburg Civil Police, May 1901- May 1902; with illustrations, photographs and press cuttings.
Language of Materials
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Micr. Afr. 431
Collection ID (for staff)
CMD ID 3521
Biographical / Historical
Sir Charles Richard Mackey O'Brien (1859-1935) was educated at Felsted and Sandhurst. In 1878 he joined the 30th Cambridgeshire Regt. as 2nd Lieut., rising to the rank of brevet Lieut.-Colonel in 1902, serving in the South African War, 1899-1902 with the East Lancashire Regiment and as President of the Military Tribunal, Johannesburg. He was Deputy Commissioner of the Transvaal Town Police, 1901-1908, Acting Commissioner of Police, 1903-1907 and during the strike on the Witwatersrand. He served as Colonial Secretary, Gambia, 1910-1912 and Acting Governor, 1910-1912. He was Governor, Seychelles, 1912-1918, Governor and Commander-in-Chief, Barbados, 1918-1925, and Special Government Commissioner, Sierra Leone, 1926. From 1929-1930 he was a member of the Colonial Films Committee. Awarded the KCMG in 1920, he was married twice, to Christina Mary Harrison, 1884-1899, with whom he had two sons and one daughter, and to Selina Beatrice Elphinstone from 1902, with whom he had two daughters.
Other Finding Aids
Listed as no. 747 in Manuscript Collections of Africana in Rhodes House Library Oxford, by Louis B. Frewer (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1968).
Existence and Location of Copies
Original papers were retained by Lady O'Brien.
- The Rand at war 1899-1902. the Witwatersrand and the Anglo-Boer war, by Diana Cammack (London, James Currey, 1990).
- 20th century
- Courts-martial and courts of inquiry -- South Africa -- Johannesburg
- Great Britain -- Armed Forces -- Biography
- O,Brien | Charles Richard Mackey | 1859-1935 | Sir | Knight Lieutenant Colonel Colonial Governor
- Police -- South Africa -- History
- South African War, 1899-1902 -- Personal narratives, British
- South African War, 1899-1902 -- Regimental histories -- Great Britain
- Papers of Charles Richard M. O'Brien
- Paul Davidson
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