Diaries of Frederick Thomas Morrison (fl. 1885)

Scope and Content

The collection is composed of diaries kept during Morrison's service as an engineer with the Africa Lakes Company, 1882-1887, as well as engravings and photographs of subjects around the lakes and rivers.

Administrative / Biographical History

Frederick Thomas Morrison was for a time an engineer in the Africa Lakes Company. The Company had been set up by the Moir brothers who were joint managers of the firm. The Africa Lakes Company Ltd. plied steamers along Lake Nyasa and the Zambezi and Shire Rivers in East Africa in the late nineteenth century.

Access Information

Generally open for consultation to bona fide researchers, but please contact repository for details in advance.

Acquisition Information

Material acquired from a private individual in Swaziland and from the Centre for African Studies, Edinburgh University, 1972, Accession no. E71.36.


The biographical/administrative history was compiled using material in the collection.

Compiled by Graeme D Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division.

Other Finding Aids

Important finding aids generally are: the alphabetical Index to Manuscripts held at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections and Archives, consisting of typed slips in sheaf binders and to which additions were made until 1987; and the Index to Accessions Since 1987.


Check the local Indexes for details of any additions.

Related Material

The local Indexes show other references to material related to the Africa Lakes Company (check the Indexes for more details): photographs of steamboats of the Africa Lakes Company, at Phot.Ill.116; and the Papers of John William Moir (d. 1940), one of the founders and joint managers of the firm, at MS 2500, Gen. 1870, and Gen. 717/11-13.

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