[Arrival of Sir Frederick Lugard at Calabar, December 1912], 1912-12
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204 x 136 mm. A view looking down on the scene at the Calabar landing stage just after the arrival of Sir Frederick Lugard on his tour of the Central and Eastern Provinces of Nigeria of December 2-15 1912. In the foreground a guard of honour stands at attention, with a group of civil and military officials gathered beside the landing stage watching Lugard's departure in the motor car which can be seen rounding the corner in the background:
'The main port of call was the relatively old town of Calabar... The ‘Ivy’ turned into the wide estuary of the Cross River and steamed up to the pleasantly sited town... Half the population seemed to be on the banks of the river and the rest on the water... with streamers of coloured paper flying, Lugard went ashore in a shining 'Governor's gig', manned by smart Southern Nigerian marines. His motor-car had been brought on the ‘Ivy’... and in this he made a tour past the usual guard of honour and thousands of schoolchildren.' (Perham 1960, p. 395).
The crowds lining the streets can be seen here, with long rows of flags of various countries, interspersed with that of Southern Nigeria, hanging over the road.
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