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Diary of Charles Hobley, 1928 - 1973

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 113/47

Scope and Contents

A typescript by A.T. Matson of Hobley's diary for 1 October 1894 to 12 May 1897. The diary (pp. 1-81) describes the establishment of the administration in Kavirondo, including the fighting that took place. It is followed by the names of Kavirondo peoples and chiefs (pp. 83-84), miscellaneous papers (p. 84) and Mumia's Station Case Book, 19 February 1895 - 31 January 1896, dealing chiefly with punishments (3 pages). There is an accompanying letter to Dr Anne Thurston from A.S. Bell of Rhodes House Library, 1 May 1985, regarding the presentation of the typescript to the R.C.S.


  • Creation: 1928 - 1973


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Biographical / Historical

Charles William Hobley (1867-1947) was sent to Mombasa by the Imperial British East Africa Company in 1890. He became a First Class Assistant under the Foreign Office, and served the government in Kenya from 1894 until his retirement in 1921.


1 folder(s) (1 folder) : paper

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference

MSS 46

Other Finding Aids

MSS Addenda, vol. II.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by Rhodes House Library, May 1985.

Existence and Location of Originals

The original diary is kept at Rhodes House Library, Oxford.

Related Materials

The R.C.S. Manuscripts Collection includes the visitors' book of Hobley's wife, Alice Mary Hobley, RCMS 113/46.


C.W. Hobley, 'Kenya from chartered company to Crown Colony' (1929), pp 76-97, relates to the period covered by the diary.


This collection level description was created by RAS using information from the original typescript catalogue.


Hobley, Charles William, 1867-1947

Finding aid date

2003-10-08 12:25:18+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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