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Photograph albums of Henry Richard Wallis relating to British Central Africa [Nyasaland; now Malawi] and Uganda

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3051C

Content Description

Two photograph albums chronicling Wallis' period of employment with the colonial service and a folder of biographical information assembled by the donor.


  • Creation: c. 1895 - 1917

Biographical / Historical

Henry Richard Wallis (1866-1946) was born in Darlington, County Durham, and emigrated to Durban in 1889 taking a job as an assayer to a mining company. He later served in the Natal Mounted Police before entering the Colonial Service in 1897, being appointed vice-consul in Fort Johnston (now Mangochi, Malawi). He rose through the colonial ranks as Deputy Governor of the Nyasaland Protectorate (1904), Acting Commissioner of Nyasaland (1905), Chief Secretary to the Uganda Protectorate (1911), Acting Governor of Uganda (1912) and eventually Governor of Uganda (1914). He married Jane Robina Wallace in Zomba in 1906; the couple had a son and a daughter. Wallis’s tenure coincided with the First World War; he was awarded the Crown of Belgium for his efforts in preventing German troops from passing through Uganda to the then Belgian Congo and also received the CBE in 1918. On retirement, the family moved to Edinburgh, before settling in Cheltenham where Henry Wallis died in 1946.


2 archive box(es)

Language of Materials



On his return to Britain in 1918, Wallis lost most of his possessions when his ship was torpedoed. Among the possessions to survive were the photographs making up the two albums in this collection. These loose prints were pasted into two albums some time after the events they depict and are in a somewhat haphazard, unchronological order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Peter D.A. Hankins, grandson of Henry Wallis, per David Stuart-Mogg in October 2023.

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Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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