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Colonial surveys in Tanganyika

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 184

Scope and Contents

The volume contains two short papers on surveying compiled from notes kept during Dickson's time in Tanganyika: 'Colonial surveys in Tanganyika', a potted history, and 'A colonial surveyor in Tanganyika', a personal view of the Colonial Survey Service in the 1950s. There is an accompanying folder containing correspondence with Peter Fox, Cambridge University Librarian, regarding the gift of the collection to the R.C.S., and an additional copy of pages 25-30 of the second paper.


  • Creation: 2000


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Biographical / Historical

William L. Dickson O.B.E. worked in Tanganyika as Colonial Service Surveyor, 1950-1961, and Assistant Commissioner, 1961-1964, then Commissioner for Surveys and Mapping, 1964-1970. He was Director of Surveys and Lands in Botswana, 1971-1985, and Associate Professor, University of Technology, Papua New Guinea, 1985-1991.


1 volume(s) (1 volume) : paper

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference

MSS 469

Other Finding Aids

MSS Addenda, vol. II.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by W.L. Dickson, March 2000.

Existence and Location of Copies

Copies are also held in Rhodes House Library, Oxford, and the Museum of Commonwealth and Empire, Bristol.


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


Dickson, William L, fl 1950-2000, surveyor

Includes index.
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