Papers of Samuel Burnside B. McElderry

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 595
  • Dates of Creation
      c1909-1911, 1933-1934
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      1 box

Scope and Content

Album of photographs taken on first tour of service as Administrative Officerin Hong Kong, c1909-1911; diary of service as Deputy Chief Secretary inTanganyika, and Chief Secretary in Zanzibar, 1933-1934.

Administrative / Biographical History

Samuel Burnside Boyd McElderry (1885-1984) worked in the Hong KongAdministrative Service, 1909-1928. He then gained the post of Deputy ChiefSecretary, Tanganyika, 1929-1933 and Chief Secretary, Zanzibar, 1933-1940.He was attached to the office of High Commissioner for Basutoland,Bechuanaland Protectorate and Swaziland (Pretoria and Cape Town), 1940-1945,and was then temporarily employed by the Colonial Office, 1945-1946. He was a Member of Council, Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind, 1951-1970and a member of the Royal National Institute for the Blind, 1958-1970. In 1913he married Mildred Mary Orme, with whom he had three daughters.

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

Other Finding Aids

Listed as no. 595 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996).

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