Journal of a Rhodesian Pioneer; papers of the Manson Family

Scope and Content

Journal of an unnnamed British pioneer's experiences in Mashonaland, Rhodesia,1st August-8th November 1891; sketch of a boy feeding a bird, by Henry JusticeFord; letters, mainly to Mrs. Manson from her three sons, Ken, Will and Jack, 1906-1914; Mansonfamily photographs, c1900, with later pictures taken by Will Manson on the Nile.

Administrative / Biographical History

The letters to Mrs. Manson of Arnewood House were written by her three sons, Ken, Will and Jack. Ken's letters were written while serving as a Medical Officer in Nigeria, 1913-1914, Will chiefly from the gunboat Sultanon the Nile, mainly between Khartoum and Roseires (Er Roseires), 1906-1908, and Jack from Liverpool and an office in Cairo, 1906-1907

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Collection level description created by Paul Davidson, Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies at Rhodes House.

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