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Thurn, Everard Ferdinand Im, Sir, 1852-1932 (Knight, colonial administrator)



  • Existence: 1852 - 1932


Sir Everard Ferdinand Im Thurn was born in 1852. He was educated at Marlborough and attended Oxford University, Edinburgh University and Sydney University. He was the curator of the British Guiana Museum from 1877 to 1882. In 1882 he became a Stipendiary Magistrate, Pomeroon. He worked as a government agent in the North West District, British Guiana (now Guyana), from 1891 to 1899. Im Thurn was employed on the Venezuelan Boundary Commission 1897-99. In 1899 he was a 1st Class Clerk in the Colonial Office and, from 1901, Principal Clerk. In 1901 he was made Lieutenant-Governor and Colonial Secretary, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). In 1904 he became Governor of Fiji and High Commissioner, Western Pacific. He retired in 1910.

Im Thurn married Hannah C., daughter of Professor Lorimer, in 1895. He was a keen amateur photographer. His particular interest was anthropological and ethnological subjects. He was also President of the Royal Anthropological Institute 1919-20 and an Honorary Fellow of Exeter College 1925. Im Thurn died on 9th October 1932 ('Who was who' 1967, p.690).


Im Thurn, Sir E.F. (1879 or 80), 'The boundary between British Guiana and Venezuela'. Reprinted by counsel for Venezuela. [Venezuela] : [s.n.].

Im Thurn, Sir E.F. (1870), 'Birds of Malborough, being a contribution to the ornithology of the district'. Marlborough [printed], London.

Im Thurn, Sir E.F. (1883), 'Among the Indians of Guiana: being sketches, chiefly anthropologic from the interior of Brit. Guiana, etc'. [S.l.]: Kegan Paul and Co.

Im Thurn, Sir E.F. (1885 ?), 'Roraima'. Read at meeting of British Association, Aberdeen, September 1885. [S.l.]: [Scottish Geographical Magazine].

Im Thurn, Sir E.F. (1886), 'Botany of Roraima Expedition'.

Im Thurn, Sir E.F. (1890), 'Primitive Games'. Georgetown : 'Argosy' Office.

Im Thurn, Sir E.F. (1892 ?), 'A tramp with Redskins'. [Demerara]: [s.n.].

Im Thurn, Sir E.F. (1903), 'A sketch of the Ceylon pearl fishery of 1903'. [S.l.]: [s.n.].

Marett, R.R. ed. (1934), 'Thoughts, talks and tramps: a collection of papers'. London: Oxford University Press.


'Who was who' (1967). Second edition, volume 3 - 1929-40. London: Adam and Charles Black.

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Ginger Lilies (Hedychium coronarium) 1891

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3079A
Scope and Contents

178 x 117 mm. Showing a kneeling Indian boy holding a large bunch of lilies and was used as a Christmas card by Sir Everard Im Thurn. The mimeographed message on the reverse reads 'Ginger lilies' (Hedychium coronarium). Xmas 1891. With best wishes from Everard F. Im Thurn.' Im Thurn's fine collection of ethnographical photography is in the possession of the Royal Anthropological Institute (of which society he was President 1919-20).

Dates: 1891
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