The collection comprises of correspondence by Sir Cecil to Evelyn Cherry-Garrard, mother of the Antarctic explorer Apsley Cherry-Garrard (assistant zoologist, British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913, leader Robert Falcon Scott)
Sir Cecil Smith collection
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- ReferenceGB 15 Sir Cecil Smith
- Dates of Creation1913
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish.
- Physical DescriptionCorrespondence (1 leaf)
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Administrative / Biographical History
Cecil Clementi Smith was born in 1840 in London. He was educated at St. Paul's School, London, and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. In 1862, he was elected one of the first student interpreters in Hong Kong and he served in various offices before advancing to the post of colonial treasurer of Hong Kong. In 1878, he was appointed colonial secretary of the Straits Settlement, where he remained until 1885. After serving as lieutenant governor and colonial secretary of Ceylon [Sri Lanka], Smith was appointed governor and commander-in-chief of the Straits Settlement in 1887, a post he held until 1893. In 1889, he was appointed high commissioner and consul-general for Borneo and Sarawak. He was knighted in 1886 and died in 1916.
The correspondence is arranged chronologically.
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Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Robert Keith Headland Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events , (1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN 0521309034 and Who was who, 1916-1928 , Adam & Charles Black, London (1947)
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Clive Holland Manuscripts in the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, England - a catalogue , Garland Publishing New York and London (1982) ISBN 0824093941.
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