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Diary of Luke Norman in Central Africa

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 225

Scope and Contents

A copy by Mr R. Hobson of Norman's diary of his African expedition, the original of which is the property of Captain Dudley Norman, D.S.O. There are daily entries covering the greater part of 18 June 1868 - 17 February 1870. Events described in the diary include the deaths of several colleagues and a disagreement between Norman and Captain Faulkner.


  • Creation: 1982


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Biographical / Historical

In 1868 Luke Norman joined a party of four officers and two paid engineers on an ivory-hunting expedition to the rivers Zambezi and Shire led by Captain Henry Faulkner.


1 envelope(s) (1 envelope (60 pages)) : paper

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference

MSS 51

Other Finding Aids

MSS Addenda, vol. III.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by R. Hobson, 11 January 1982.


The diary forms the basis of R. Hobson, 'A trip to Mozambique in 1868', in the 'Geographical journal'.


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


Norman, Luke, Colonel, fl 1868-1870

Includes index.
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