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Fry, William Ellerton, 1846-1930



William Ellerton Fry arrived in South Africa in 1872. He was variously a farmer, trader and prospector. From 1872-1890 he was the Secretary and Computer at the Royal Observatory, Cape Town. He rose in position to Assistant Astronomer Royal. In 1890 he was official photographer, assistant to Selous, intelligence officer and meteorologist in Mashonaland Pioneer Column. He later worked on the Salisbury-Tete telegraph and travelled in Australia and New Zealand.


Typescript copy of 'Index to Photographers'.

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Occupation of Mashonaland

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3052A
Scope and Contents Album of carbon prints, originally belonging to Sir Leander Starr Jameson and has his signature. The album contains the results of William Ellerton Fry's work documenting the British South Africa Company's occupation of Mashonaland. It is not known how many copies of this album were produced; fewer than twenty are known to survive. The photographs were reproduced in smaller format but with some introductory matter, by Books of Zimbabwe, Bulawayo in 1982. It may be noted that this gives...
Dates: 1890
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