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'Thomas Baines on the Zambesi [Zambezi]'

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 224

Scope and Contents

A description of Thomas Baines' Zambesi expeditions with inserted photographs and illustrations. The chapters are headed 'Kings' Lynn, 1820-1842', 'On the Lower Zambesi, 1858-1859', 'The Middle Zambesi, 1861-1863', 'A court of enquiry into the dismissal of Baines', 'The defence of Baines at Cape of Good Hope', 'Conclusions' and 'Appendices'.


  • Creation: 1976


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Biographical / Historical

Vere Louis Bosazza, D.Sc., F.R.G.S., F.G.S., was a student of African exploration, particularly its maritime aspects, who wrote on David Livingstone and his colleagues. He was a Member of the Royal Institute of Navigation, and his practical knowledge of seamanship gave him a special insight into the navigational aspects of Livingstone's travels. He published little, but produced a good deal of material in typescript, although his typing was erratic and his scripts have many manuscript additions. Thomas Baines (1822-1875), artist, was born in King's Lynn. He travelled to the Cape Colony in 1842, and accompanied the British army as its artist during the Xhosa Wars, 1848-1851. He was part of an expedition to North-West Australia in 1855, and in 1858 was the artist for the Zambesi expedition led by David Livingstone, with whom he travelled to Tete. He joined expeditions to the Victoria Falls in 1861 and to the goldfields of the Tati in 1868. Baines made maps of the routes he travelled and sketches of the scenery and people he encountered during his journeys. He died in Durban, Natal, on 8 May 1875.


1 archive box(es) (1 box) : paper

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference

MSS 51

Other Finding Aids

MSS Addenda, vol. III.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by Dorothy Middleton.

Related Materials

The R.C.S. Manucript Collection includes Vere Bosazza's transcript of Browne's expedition to the Zambesi, RCMS 222, and papers he compiled on David Livingstone, RCMS 223.


This collection level description was created by RAS using information from the original typescript catalogue. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Thomas Baines in Leslie Stephen and Sidney Lee, eds, 'Dictionary of national biography', vol. I (London, 1908), pp. 913-914.


Bosazza, Vere Louis, fl 1973-1976

Includes index.
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