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Papers of Sir Edward Brandis Denham


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Diaries covering Mauritius (1921-1923), Kenya (1923-1928), Gambia (1928-1930), British Guiana (1930-1934) and Jamaica (1934-1938). 30 volumes. Also, papers relating to Ceylon (1911-1917), Gambia (1816-1929) and British Guiana (1806-1932), including some 19th century papers dated before Denham's time. 2 boxes.


  • Creation: 1806-1938


30 volumes and 2 boxes

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

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Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 1549

Biographical / Historical

Sir Edward Brandis Denham was born in 1876 and educated at Malvern, and Merton College, Oxford. He entered the Ceylon Civil Service and held the posts of Principal Assistant Colonial Secretary, Government Agent in Eastern Province, Director of Education and Director of Food Production. He was also Superintendent of the 1911 Census.

In 1920 Denham was appointed Colonial Secretary of Mauritius; he was transferred to Kenya in 1923 where he stayed until 1928. Over the next ten years he was Governor in the Gambia (1928-1930), in British Guiana (1930-1934), and in Jamaica (1934-1938). He was created KBE in 1927 and KCMG in 1931.

Other Finding Aids

The library holds a card index of all manuscript collections in its reading room and a handlist is also available for this collection.

Listed as nos. 157 and 873 in Manuscript Collections of Africana in Rhodes House Library, Oxford, compiled by Louis B. Frewer (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1968) and as no. 9 in Manuscript Collections (excluding Africana) in Rhodes House Library, Oxford, compiled by Louis B. Frewer (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1970).

Custodial History

Deposited with the Oxford Colonial Records Project.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was transferred to the library from Oxford Colonial Records Project.

Papers of Sir Edward Brandis Denham
Marion Lowman
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom