Papers of Sir Matthew Nathan, KCMG (1862-1939)

Scope and Content

The papers are arranged chronologically in the following sections corresponding to Nathan's career. R.H. indicates that these papers are kept in Rhodes House Library:

  • Diaries, 1881-1939
  • Note books, 1876-1939
  • Private correspondence, 1868-1939
  • Royal Engineers' School, Chatham, 1880-4
  • Sudan Expedition, 1884-5 R.H.
  • Lushai Expedition, 1889-94
  • Royal Engineers, 1894-5
  • Colonial Defence Committee, 1896-8
  • Governor of Sierra Leone, 1899-1900 R.H.
  • Governor of the Gold Coast, 1900-3 R.H.
  • Governor of Hong Kong, 1903-7 R.H.
  • Governor of Natal, 1907-9 R.H.
  • Secretary to the General Post Office
  • Pacific Cable Board, 1910-15
  • Chairman of the Board of Inland Revenue, 1911-14
  • Committee on the transfer of stamp manufacture and distribution, 1911-14
  • Royal Commission on the Civil Service, 1912
  • Committee on Crown Employment, 1912-13
  • Inland Revenue vote, 1913
  • Committee on the Civil Employment of ex-soldiers, 1914-19
  • Under-secretary for Ireland, 1914-16
  • London Defences, 1916
  • Secretary to the Ministry of Pensions, 1916-19
  • Special Grants Committee, 1917-20
  • Overseas Settlement Committee, 1919-20 R.H.
  • Governor of Queensland, 1920-25 R.H.
  • Committee on Geophysical Surveying, 1927-8 R.H.
  • Advisory Committee on Rubber, 1926-8 R.H.
  • Commission on the constitution of Ceylon, 1927-8 R.H.
  • Civil Research Committee and the Great Barrier Reef Expedition, 1925-38 R.H.
  • The City of Westminster Health Society, 1921-30
  • Irrigation Research Committee, 1928-30 R.H.
  • Miscellaneous papers

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Matthew Nathan (1862-1939) was a soldier and civil servant. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Access Information

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see

Some private correspondence is reserved from use and has consequently been omitted from the catalogue.

Acquisition Information

The papers were given to the Library in 1961 by Mr E.J. Nathan.


Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

A full catalogue (without an index) is available in the Library.