Ascension, West Africa, New Zealand, etc

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 115 RCS/Y3011III
  • Dates of Creation
  • Language of Material
      English .
  • Physical Description
      1 album(s) 113 images in 1 album

Scope and Content

A collection including scenes from Ascension, Canary Islands, Madeira, Egypt, Brazil, New Zealand, Japan, Senegambia, Sierra Leone, the U.K., Gibraltar and Norway. The arrangement is a random one, but is seems likely that the left-hand photographs, one of Norway, the remainder definitely or probably New Zealand, were inserted later than those on the right. 108-113 are loose prints. The following is a list of the locations:
New Zealand: 1, 12, 14, 16, 18
Possibly New Zealand: 3, 7, 9, 21, 23, 25, 27, 30, 40, 42
Gibraltar: 92
Canary Islands: 4, 6, 11, 64
Madeira: 5, 47-50, 53-54, 56-57, 59-60, 73
Ascension: 8, 10, 24, 26, 31-34, 72, 76, 98-99
Sierra Leone: 43-45, 78-82, 84-89, 91, 93, 105
French West Africa: 83, 100-104, 106-107
Gambia: 94-95
Egypt: 2, 39, 41
United Kingdom: 58, 65-68, 70-71, 74-75, 77, 96-97, 108
France (?): 69
Norway: 46
Brazil: 19-20, 22, 35-38, 51-52, 55, 61-63, 90
Japan: 17
Miscellaneous: 13, 15, 28, 29, 109-113.

Administrative / Biographical History

There is no indication of the photographer or collector (many of the photographs are professional). The name W. Hodder is stamped on the backs of 112 and 113, but it is not certain that they belong with the album, whose contents is much older, and the name has not been traced in any records. It is possible that the owner was a naval surgeon.

Occupation of owner: There are a few clues; some naval scenes (13, 77) and views at places of naval relevance such as Sheerness, Chatham, Plymouth and Portsmouth, as well as Ascension, which was of course solely a naval station until 1922. The possibility that he was a medical man is derived from 71, Surgeon's Quarters, Chatham, and from the fact that he had a photograph of a memorial to doctors (69).

Access Information

Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (

Acquisition Information

Recovered from Boyle House, Hove, when the Royal Commonwealth Society's Sussex Branch was dissolved in 1971.


Includes index.

Other Finding Aids

A catalogue of the collection can be found on ArchiveSearch.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

The covers of the album are missing, but most of the photographs are in reasonably good condition. Numbers 109-113 are loose.

Additional Information

This collection level description was entered by KS using information from the original typescript catalogue.

DateText: Numbers 109-113 appear to be later than the remainder and date from circa 1914..