DYSON, Edward Trevor (b 1886)

Scope and Content

Papers of Edward Trevor Dyson on his time in the Ceylon Civil Service, 1910-1929; comprising report 'The Spirit of Trincomalee', a description of Trincomalee at the end of 1910, including comments on visit by the Crown Prince of Germany, Prince Wilhelm; report 'The Bo Tree Incident', describing events after the cutting down of a sacred Bo Tree at Anuradhapura, 1929; letters to Bertha [the future Mrs Dyson], 1911, including description of journey to Kantalai, and the area around Kantalai, and account of journey from Trincomalee to Batticaloa, with account of his first visit to the prison at Batticaloa in his capacity as Assistant Inspector of Prisons, and of a case in court where he presided as magistrate.

Administrative / Biographical History

Edward Trevor Dyson: born 1886, educated at Ruthin Grammar School, University College Wales, Aberystwyth (BA) and Jesus College Oxford (BA); Cadet, Ceylon Civil Service, 1910; office assistant to Government Agent, NW Province, 1912; Police Magistrate, Kurunegala, 1913; Police Magistrate, Kandy, 1920, Assistant Government Agent, N Eliya, 1921; Assistant Government Agent, Jaffna, 1924; District Judge, Matara, 1926; Assistant Government Agent, Kalutara, 1926; Government Agent, Anuradhapura, 1928; Government Agent, Jaffna, 1930; Government Agent, Central Province, 1934; Government Agent, Northern Province, 1935.


4 items as described above.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Source of acquisition by ICS unknown.

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Archivist's Note

Compiled by Alan Kucia as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

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Related Material

The ICS has several other collections relating to administration in Ceylon, including J R Granville Bantock ICS 27; John Ferguson (ICS 86), M W Roberts (ICS 65), T W Roberts (ICS 66), Guy Mainwaring (ICS 51), R M G Moneypenny (ICS 90) and M E Westrop (ICS 104).

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