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Edward Enoch Jenkins and Muriel Alice Jenkins (née Ackermann): personal papers and photographs

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 414

Content Description

Comprises photograph albums collected by or relating to Muriel Alice Jenkins (née Ackermann, also known as Sally), born 1904, and her upbringing in Southern Rhodesia [Zimbabwe], as well as the wider Ackermann family, together with photographs relating to Muriel's husband, the colonial administrator and judge (Edward) Enoch Jenkins, and his service in Northern Rhodesia [Zambia], Fiji, Nyasaland [Malawi], and Antigua (the Leeward Islands). The collection includes a small amount of personal papers, chiefly birth and death certificates, marriage certificate, and related documents of Muriel and Enoch Jenkins.


  • Creation: 1850 - 2000


Biographical / Historical

Edward Enoch Jenkins was born on 8 Feb. 1895 in Cardiff, the son of John Jenkins, an ironmonger’s assistant, and Lucy Jenkins (née Ellis). He was known by his middle name, Enoch. He studied at University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire in Cardiff, before serving in the Royal Field Artillery during World War I. He then studied law at Cambridge, having matriculated at Peterhouse in Oct. 1919, and graduated LL.B. in 1922. He was called to the bar at Gray’s Inn in May 1924 and joined the Colonial Service in 1925. He held administrative and judicial positions in Nyasaland (Malawi), Northern Rhodesia (Zambia, Solicitor General), Fiji (Attorney General) and Nyasaland again (Chief Justice). Jenkins was knighted in 1946 and in the early 1950s was appointed Justice of Appeal for the Court of Appeal for Eastern Africa. In 1929, he married Muriel Alice Ackermann in Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe). He died on 25 Feb. 1960 at St John, Antigua, while undertaking a revision of the laws of the Leeward Islands.
Muriel Alice Ackermann was born in 1904 in Coulsdon, Surrey, the daughter of Audley Harold Ackermann, a mining engineer, and Alice Myrtia Farnsworth, who had married in California in 1897. Audley was the grandson of the Anglo-German printmaker Rudolph Ackermann (1764-1834). The Ackermanns settled in Southern Rhodesia around the turn of the twentieth century. Muriel, who also referred to herself as Sally, grew up on the family farm, Oliphant Farm, near what is now Kwekwe, Zimbabwe, with periods of schooling in England and South Africa. She studied at Royal Holloway College and in 1929 married the lawyer, Edward Enoch Jenkins. They had two children, Patricia (Pat) and Audley. During the Second World War, Muriel Jenkins served on the staff of the Cypher Office in New Zealand. Her husband died in 1960; Muriel’s date of death is unknown.
Patricia Laidley Rae (née Jenkins) was born in 1933, the daughter of Edward Enoch Jenkins and Muriel Alice Jenkins (née Ackermann). A portrait sculptor, she trained at Bournemouth School of Art, Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town, and Royal College of Art.


0.045 cubic metre(s) (4 archive boxes and 1 album)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Mrs Pat Rae, daughter of Enoch and Muriel Jenkins, in March 2017.

Related Materials

Diaries and papers of Sir Enoch Jenkins, 1950-1959, are held at the Bodleian Library, Oxford (ref: MSS Brit Emp r 3, Afr s 1244).

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Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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