Sir Cecil Smith collection

Scope and Content

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)

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.

Access Information

By appointment.

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Anyone wishing to consult material should ensure they note the entire MS reference and the name of the originator.

The term holograph is used when the item is wholly in the handwriting of the author. The term autograph is used when the author has signed the item.

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Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Robert Keith Headland Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events , (1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN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)

Other Finding Aids

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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